WILTSHIRE: Coronavirus Response Fund raises £1 million

WILTSHIRE: Coronavirus Response Fund raises £1 million

Published by Jack Deery at 6:08am 22nd July 2020.

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It was set up on the 20th March to try and support local charities and organisations through the pandemic.

Four months later, Wiltshire Community Foundation's Coronavirus Response Fund has now raised over £1,000,000

So far, more than £650,000 of that money has been given to almost 170 community groups across the county. 

These grants have been given out to help organisations survive the Covid-19 outbreak and also provide support so they can help others during this challenging time.

Groups that have received money include: 

Care Home Volunteers with ipads
Wiltshire Care Home Volunteers were given some money to buy iPads

The fund has had public support, but it has also been given donations from trusts like Zurich Community Trust, Wessex Water, Thames Water, the Oakfield Development and the Police and Crime Commissioner's fund.

Co-interim chief executive Fiona Oliver said the help of the public in Wiltshire and Swindon has been remarkable:

"We are truly thankful for what has been an overwhelming response to this appeal.

When we launched, we were hopeful of raising £50,000 and then we reset that to £150,000. The money kept coming in and we set a new target of £500,000 and then when we passed that we aimed at £1 million. Now the incredible generosity of people in the county has taken us past this and we've revised our target again to £1.5 million."

They have no plans to give up either as they believe the voluntary sector is going to be needed even more with people facing job losses or reduced hours. 

Salisbury MP, John Glen, paid tribute to the organisation for reaching the milestone: 

"I send them my warmest congratulations. It is a testament to how highly regarded they are in the community and in charitable circles. The community foundation is a truly local charity that has no dogma guiding its philanthropy and can adapt and rise to meet any challenge the people of Wiltshire face. The county is lucky to have them."

You can donate to the fund by visiting localgiving.org/appeal/coronavirus-response-fund.

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