Emergency fund launched has raised thousands of pounds for the needy in South Yorkshire
An emergency fund only recently launched has already raised thousands of pounds in cash to distribute to the needy across Sheffield.
South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF) is the brainchild of the fundraising, aimed at supporting community groups and charities on the frontline of the Coronavirus pandemic.
The Covid-19 Response Fund has been set up to distribute donated money and the proceeds raised from the National Emergencies Trust (NET) Coronavirus Appeal to help charities to support those individuals suffering hardship.
Funding is already being distributed, with the first grant of £25,000 being given to the extensive Sheffield Food Bank Network to help them continue their essential work, which includes providing food parcels for those who are in self-isolation.
The newly appointed High Sheriff of South Yorkshire, Carole O’Neill said: “Food banks are close to my heart and I am so pleased that SYCF have given a grant of £25,000.”
A further 19 grants have now been allocated to organisations across South Yorkshire with more currently being processed as quickly as possible.
Chief Executive of South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation, Ruth Willis said: “South Yorkshire, like everywhere else, is struggling through these unprecedented times and the Covid-19 Response Fund is our contribution to helping communities to maintain services and to meet the needs of those most vulnerable right now and in the coming months.
“As with the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Appeal, which we set up in the immediate aftermath of the floods in November 2019 to support those whose homes were flooded, we have once more responded to provide relief to the communities which are being impacted by this crisis the most.
“The community organisations and charities working across South Yorkshire need our support more than ever. South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation and our partner Community Foundations across the UK are doing our best to ensure they get the help they need.”
If you would like to donate directly to the South Yorkshire Covid-19 Response Fund email [email protected], call 0114 242 4857, or visit the Justgiving.com page.