Fantastic start for coronavirus response fund

Fantastic start for coronavirus response fund

Published by Mike Draper at 5:49am 26th March 2020. (Updated at 5:53am 26th March 2020)

3 minute read

Generous donations are boosting Wiltshire Community Foundation's appeal to help vulnerable people affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund will support folks in communities all over the county.

HOW WILL THE MONEY BE SPENT?

  • Priority will be given to organisations supporting individuals most affected by the coronavirus outbreak
  • That's particularly those facing issues brought about by isolation or loss of income

It'll also be used to support the sustainability of the voluntary sector so vital organisations can recover and continue to offer their important activities once the outbreak eases.

A close up of a pensioner, or older person, sitting with their hands placed on their knees, but the picture does not show their face.
FUNDING: Priority will go to organisations supporting individuals most affected by the coronavirus outbreak

£10k BOOST FOR CORONAVIRUS FUND

The authors of a popular book about the county's history and culture have made a hugely generous £10,000 donation.

Journalists Fanny Charles and Gay Pirrie-Weir donated proceeds from their book 'Deepest Wiltshire'.

They had no hesitation in donating the proceeds from the book, which is part almanack, travel guide, recipe book and historical record, with some social, artistic and cultural reference crafted in.

Ms Pirrie-Weir said:

"When we heard the fund would benefit the most vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus, we felt like it was the perfect fit"

"We know the Wiltshire Community Foundation will be there to support the voluntary groups when they really need It, so we are happy to help."

Fiona Oliver, Wiltshire Community Foundation's interim co-chief executive said:

"This is an amazing gesture and we are so grateful for Fanny and Gay's support. This money will enable our local community groups to continue providing much needed support for local people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

"Our voluntary sector is the life blood of local communities and it's hugely important that small community groups are financially supported in order to provide their much-needed services to vulnerable local people, in the short and long-term."

Ms Pirrie-Weir also said:

"The book is available from our website, deepestbooks, and every copy sold will be helping charities in Wiltshire."

MAKE A DONATION

You can give money to the Wiltshire and Swindon Coronavirus Response Fund here.

READ MORE

Get more information from the Wiltshire Community Foundation website here.

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