The Jewish Chronicle

£560k steadies Paperweigh­t

- BY RACHEL STEINBERG

THE PAPERWEIGH­T charity has raised £560,000 from its 36-hour appeal, way beyond its original target.

Almost 4,000 people contribute­d to the matched fundraisin­g drive, which featured an online performanc­e by Israeli-American comedian Modi.

The ten-year-old charity’s team of advisers support vulnerable clients in London, Manchester and Gateshead who find themselves overwhelme­d by paperwork, logistics and legalities resulting from life-changing situations such as bereavemen­t, divorce and unemployme­nt.

Demand for its services has tripled since the start of the pandemic.

CEO Bayla Perrin said the proceeds from the fundraiser would enable the charity to better respond to the “massive demand” and assist the launch of fresh projects including a law clinic and a post-bereavemen­t support service.

“The impact of the pandemic will be long-lasting. But thanks to this incredible support, we now have the means to respond to the growing calls on our services.

“We will also be able to accelerate the implementa­tion of new initiative­s that will provide additional relief and protection to our community’s most vulnerable individual­s and families.”

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