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Engineering charity helps industry pull through the pandemic

03 May 2022

There’s no denying that the events of the past two years have hit the engineering industry hard. We’ve all heard of the devastating effects of the pandemic on businesses and supply chains – but what about the impact on engineers themselves, as individuals?

Sophia Bell, Acting Group Editor
Sophia Bell, Acting Group Editor

Last month, I came across the work of Foothold (the IET Benevolent Fund), a charity committed to providing personalised support in times of difficulty to engineers around the world.

Unsurprisingly, the charity has seen an unprecedented rise in requests for help during the pandemic. From July 2020 to June 2021, Foothold successfully provided £2.1 million’s worth of support to 1,275 engineers in 50 countries – an increase of 49 percent from the previous year.

This included 362 emergency financial grants to help engineers deal with the impact of Covid-19, with 82 percent of recipients reporting the grant had made a real difference in their lives.


Read the full article in the May issue of DPA





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