Making an impact on Student Hardship
♦ Reading Real Estate Foundation ♦
At the beginning of 2020 none of us could have predicted how radically Covid-19 would impact on our life in the UK and how life would have changed as we look to the end of the year.
For financially vulnerable students this meant the hard decision between choosing an education or choosing their next meal, for students already working to meet their living costs the loss of employment opportunities created a stark choice and has made the funding available via the Hardship Fund at the Reading Real Estate Foundation (RREF) even more vital.
As a direct result RREF launched our Student Hardship campaign to ensure that we could meet this increased need, students were already feeling the financial strain, with applications to our Hardship Fund a direct result of the impact of Covid. Dexter, a current PhD Student in RE&P lost his only income source when Covid struck.
‘Receiving the Hardship Grant meant a lot to me during this difficult financial time. Due to the pandemic, I could not continue with my part-time work, my only source of income, so I was very worried about the future. Thanks to the financial support of this grant, a weight has been lifted, and I can ensure to continue to focus on my studies during these uncertain times.’
Through the generous support of the real estate community from individual gifts, to companies supporting their employee's philanthropy our Covid-19 Student Hardship Campaign has raised over £16,000. Effectively doubling the funding as a charity, we usually have available to support students in need of financial assistance in this academic year.
Thank you to all those who have supported future members of the real estate community, if you want to know more about this campaign, or if you would like to support it, visit the campaign page.