CHARITIES have called for urgent government support to help them survive the coronavirus outbreak and continue supporting the most vulnerable members of society.

Cancelled fundraisers and closed shops have placed many charitable organisations under intense financial pressure, with some fearing they will not raise enough money to maintain their vital services.

Amid public alarm over employment, education, and wellbeing during the lockdown period, there is a growing need for charities' support, MPs have co-signed a cross-party letter calling on the UK government to protect the charitable sector like he has for businesses.

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This week the Welsh Government announced a new £500 million fund to help support charities and businesses affected by the coronavirus pandemic would be introduced in the next two weeks - but the MPs are calling for more immediate help.

In Westminster, calls are intensifying for the government to act – more than 230 MPs and peers have co-signed a letter from Cardiff South and Penarth MP Stephen Doughty calling for an urgent government support package.

In the letter, Mr Doughty said: "Charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises offer crucial support to many parts of our society every day, and in the coming months will be vital in tackling the spread and impact of coronavirus.

"Many can help alleviate the pressure on our NHS and social care services and provide support to people suffering from the economic and social impact of the pandemic, as well as helping with everything from mental health impacts to support for vulnerable families.

"But, without an immediate injection of money, many charities, voluntary organisations and social enterprises of all sizes will soon close. Funds are running out.