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Cost of living crisis appeal

Please donate today. We urgently need your help to support vulnerable engineers and their families during the cost-of-living crisis.

The cost of living crisis

This is a difficult and challenging time for many of us, with the cost of living about to hit a 40-year high – there are some people in the engineering community who are being hit particularly hard right now.

And the challenges are not just financial. The knock-on effect on mental and social health are only going to make the situation worse. 

Please make a donation today, so Foothold can support engineers and their families who need help in these challenging times. 

How your donations help

Will you support a fellow engineer in need?

Our financial support is a lifeline for the most vulnerable people in our community – engineers or their family members who are experiencing serious ill health, mental health or disability challenges, those who are unable to work, or those who are reliant on a struggling benefits system.

Give a fellow engineer your support during this crisis.

Every donation, no matter how small, makes a big difference. Thank you.

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John knows first hand how difficult things can get


“The financial grants we received from Foothold
were a lifeline in the darkest of times.

I was able to put food on the table and have our leaky roof fixed. My daughter never had to go hungry, even when it looked like we’d hit rock bottom.”

John's story

After losing my second born child and separating from my wife, I suffered a chronic mental breakdown. The busy and purposeful life I’d once loved came to an abrupt holt.

The breakdown impacted me severely. I experienced crippling anxiety, intense paranoia and debilitating fatigue which, at its worst, meant I could barely leave the house.

What made things even worse is that all of this started affecting my young daughter, who had come to live with me full-time following the divorce. It became increasingly difficult for me to care for her and meet her needs, which was truly heart-breaking.

I’ll never forget the moment I opened the first letter from Foothold confirming they were going to support me. I was reduced to tears with relief. I was even able to take my daughter away on a short holiday, which gave us a bit of respite away from the daily challenges we’d been going through.

Without Foothold’s help, I never would have managed to get my life back on track. I dread to think about what would have happened if they hadn’t come to our aid, and I’ll always be thankful that they truly had our backs.”

Please donate today. Together we can make sure no engineer has to face what John went through.

Regular monthly donations of any amount allow us to budget and plan the support we deliver, so we can help as many people as possible.

No-one should feel unable to cope

As an independent charity, we rely on donations from our community members to fund our life-changing work. It’s thanks to the support of people like you that we were able to be there for Imelda and John, whose stories you can read about in the enclosed leaflet.

However, the rising cost of living is putting extra pressure on our own resources too, potentially threatening the number of people we can support to get through this crisis. That’s why I am asking you to please consider helping your fellow engineers, by donating even just a small amount to Foothold today.

A gift of just £30 could help feed a struggling family for a week. £50 could help them keep their house warm.

No-one should have to choose between heating or eating. If you are able to, please help us today and together we can protect the most vulnerable people in the engineering community from the worst of this crisis.

Give a fellow engineer your support during this crisis.

Every donation, no matter how small, makes a big difference. Thank you.

Support we offer

Whatever difficulties you're going through - big or small - we have varied and tailored support to help you overcome them.

Foothold and the IET

Although we are independent charities, Foothold and The IET both work to support the world of engineers and engineering.

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