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Coronavirus Appeal raises £1million for communities

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THE Somerset Coronavirus Appeal, launched by local charity Somerset Community Foundation (SCF) in late March 2020, has grown to over £1million thanks to generous contributions from local individuals, charitable trusts,  businesses, and  funding from the national appeal, run by The National Emergencies Trust (NET).

The foundation report, “Donations to the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal are providing grants of up to £10,000 to groups delivering frontline support to help local communities recover from the impact of the Covid-19 outbreak and reduce disadvantage. Grants of over £500,000 have already been awarded to more than 180 local good causes across the county, including food deliveries for older people, online counselling, activity packs for disadvantaged children and support for struggling families. 

“During the first ‘emergency’ phase of the appeal, the money raised was awarded to local charities and community organisations supporting those in most urgent need during the early days of the Covid-19 outbreak. 

Justin Sargent, chief executive at SCF explains, “We’re absolutely delighted to have reached this significant milestone and have been humbled by the generosity of local people, businesses, and charitable trusts who have really united behind our communities here in Somerset. 

“I am hearing regularly from charities on the frontline that the demand for their support continues to be huge at a time when many of them have lost fundraising income. Many also believe that they will see even greater demand in the months ahead as the long term impacts of the outbreak start to have an effect. We’ve set ourselves an ambitious goal of raising £1.5million for Somerset so we can make a further £1million of grants to see our communities through the tough times ahead.”

The foundation added, “Any group wishing to apply for funding from the Somerset Coronavirus Appeal should visit the SCF website where they can find guidance on how to make an application: www.somersetcf.org.uk/coronavirus 

“SCF is passionate about doing as much as possible to support our communities and is encouraging local people, businesses, charitable trusts and organisations who feel able to donate to the appeal by visiting the SCF website www.somersetcf.org.uk/appeal or  call 01749 344949.

“Community foundations are local champions, connecting people and organisations that want to improve their communities. They invest in local people and organisations tackling some of the biggest issues facing communities today and supporting some of society’s most disadvantaged people. They provide help and advice to those who want to give at the heart of their communities, both now and in the long-term, by matching donors to important local causes.”

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