Are you powerful, grand, extravagant, mysterious or magical ….wearing purple can denote all these things and as part of #GivingTuesday, Cornish businesses are being invited to wear purple for a day and support a local charity.

The Merlin MS Centre is joining thousands of other organisations in the UK participating in, the global day of generosity on December 1, by asking businesses to wear purple to work, whether in the office or at home.

Purple is Merlin MS Centre’s corporate colour – the colour is also associated with royalty, nobility, luxury, ambition, wealth, extravagance, creativity, wisdom, dignity, grandeur, devotion, peace, pride, and independence.

Brought to the UK in 2014 by the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF), this year #GivingTuesday offers the opportunity to #GiveBack2020 either by donating to charity, reaffirming commitment to a cause, volunteering time or supporting others by simply helping a friend, neighbour or family member.

In 2020, the global Covid-19 pandemic has caused dramatic repercussions around the world. According to CAF research, charities have reported a significant increase in demand for their services while more than half (53%) have suffered a drop in donations. Charities estimate they will see a £10 billion funding gap and without help many may be forced to close their doors.

If you would like to get involved in the day, please email tamsin@merlinmscentre.org.uk.

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