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Age Action and Irish Red Cross COVID-19 Hardship Fund

Helping Older People who are Most In-Need



This Fund is now closed due to the fact that the overwhelming demand exceeded our capacity to raise funds. 

Depending on the nature of your need, you be may be elibigle for the Exceptional Needs Payment which is administered by the Department of Employment Affairs and Social Protection. 


Governance Reporting: A final report on the use of the fund will be provided to the Boards of Age Action & the Irish Red Cross.

Age Action and The Irish Red Cross urgently require further donations to allow us to assist as many older people in vulnerable situations as possible over the coming weeks and months.

If your company is interested in becoming a Corporate Partner or if you would like to organise a fundraising event to raise funds for the Covid-19 Hardship Fund, please contact 

The COVID-19 Hardship Fund is kindly supported by

Denis O'Brien

“On behalf of all of our employees at RSA Insurance, we are proud to support the amazing work that Age Action Ireland does and to support the Hardship Fund for people who will need it the most. This is one of the most difficult periods our society has faced in generations and is especially challenging for older people in our communities. Helping each other and supporting each has never been more important”.

Amanda Johnson, Interim Director People Success, RSA Insurance Ireland 

“At Gas Networks Ireland we put the community at the heart of everything we do. We are delighted to support Age Action’s Hardship Fund. Taking care of the elderly is very important to us, particularly during the current COVID 19 crisis. We admire the work that Age Action Ireland does and are pleased that our contributions will help provide extra support to the most vulnerable older people in our communities.”

Christina van der Kamp, Corporate Responsibility Manager, Gas Networks Ireland

‘At Deloitte, bringing volunteers and learners together each week through our computer literacy classes has been a huge highlight of our community programmes. In this time of crisis, the importance of keeping people connected has grown in a way we never could have imagined. For us, this is a moment that matters. We have looked to adapt how we can support our community partners and have pledged €5,000 towards the Hardship Fund.’

Claire Bergin, Senior Manager, Corporate Responsibility

“This is a challenging time for all us and particularly for older people.  PrepayPower is committed to supporting all of our customers through this challenge. 

Age Action are doing great work at alleviate hardship in the community and we are delighted to be able to support this work through volunteering as well as contributing to their Crisis Response and Hardship Fund.”

 David Grindle, Chief Operating Officer, Prepay Power

Pfizer Healthcare Ireland along with Bristol Myers Squibb are proud to support Age Action’s response to the COVID-19 crisis. This Hardship Fund will help to support older and vulnerable people around Ireland at a time when they need it most.

Paul Reid, Country Manager, Pfizer Healthcare Ireland

“Now, more than ever, we need to support our older people who find themselves in vulnerable situations.

That is why the team at Activate Capital are so keen to contribute to the great work of Age Action and Irish Red Cross through the COVID-19 Hardship Fund.”

Robert Gallagher, Chief Executive Officer, Activate Capital