A charity has said it is facing a shortfall of millions of pounds because of the coronavirus outbreak.

Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice, which supports unwell children and their families in north London and Hertsmere, says it is set to lose £2 million this year.

This is because cancelled fundraising events and activities due to the outbreak of the virus has left the charity struggling to fund its work.

The charity has now said it is now facing "a fight for its future".

Sophie Andrews OBE, CEO of Noah’s Ark, says she is "concerned" about the implications of coronavirus on the charity.

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She said: “We’re all worried. But imagine if your son or daughter is seriously unwell; the threat of coronavirus is desperate and immediate for those we support.

"Coronavirus is life-threatening for every single one of them."

The charity warned that the children it supports have an impaired immune system and are "particularly" vulnerable to coronavirus.

Mrs Andrews added: "We’re concerned about how we’re going to support these children through coronavirus and beyond.

"Our community has been a bastion of generosity in the past and we’re once again calling on them to rally around for their local children’s hospice.”

Noah’s Ark, which is based in Barnet, is looking at other new ways to care for children, including online therapy sessions.

It has also launched an online appeal for people to donate to the charity.

It said on its website: "We’ve been hit by the postponement or cancellation of a huge number of fundraising activities which is set to significantly impact our care for these seriously unwell children.

"That’s why we’re calling on you, our wonderful supporters, to help these children and their families at this scary time. Today, you can make all the difference."

To support Noah’s Ark’s coronavirus appeal, click here