Cambridgeshire fund returns to help vulnerable people during the pandemic

A community fund to support vulnerable people during the pandemic has been relaunched.

Cambridge News and CambridgeshireLive today joins forces with the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF) to urge readers to donate if they can.

Last year the appeal raised £1.2 million to support local organisations and individuals suffering hardship as a result of the pandemic.

And now, almost a week into the third national lockdown, the CCF hopes to continue supporting those in need.

Its chief executive Michael O’Toole said: “The support of Cambridge News and Cambridgeshire Live readers helped raise over £1,000,000 last year. This provided really critical support to thousands of the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“Seeing how communities came together to look after older neighbours and those who need to shield was inspirational. Your donations helped provide food, medicines and support to those who needed it the most.

“Sadly, we know that this effort is yet again needed. As we face possibly weeks more in lockdown, it is the most vulnerable who face the biggest challenges. But again, communities are coming together to help.

“Our role is to provide the really quite small grants they need to pay for essentials like PPE, fuel and food. This time around we are also really conscious of the difficulties some families face in home education.

“Charities and community groups are doing their best to support these families so no young people get left behind in their education due to the pandemic – we aim to help them through the fund. Please do support our appeal if you can and thank-you to everyone who has played their part.”

Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund

CambridgeshireLive is the media partner for the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund.

The fund, managed by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, provides grants to groups looking to help elderly and vulnerable people during the Covid-19 pandemic.

This may be people facing financial hardship, those unable to buy food, or people feeling lonely due to having to self-isolate.

More than 170 groups have already received funding to support their communities, such as the Red Hen Project, which received £5,000 to deliver emergency poverty relief to families and children.

The campaign has hit its ambitious goal to raise £1million, but much more money will be needed in coming months as our communities recover and anything you can give to support it would be greatly appreciated.

Click here to donate.

Cambridge News print editor Gabriel Shepard added: “None of us knows how long lockdown will last this time around but we do know that people in Cambridgeshire already need support.

“I was staggered by the generosity of readers in 2020 – and also the way in which the appeal galvanised our community’s response to the pandemic.

“In the coming weeks we look forward to sharing the heart-warming stories of where your money made a difference.

“If you can donate, please do.”

How can I donate?

Make a donation online by clicking here.

Cheques, made payable to Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, can be sent to Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund, Hangar One, The Airport, Newmarket Road, Cambridge, CB5 8TG

Where does the money go?

The fund provides community organisations emergency funding to deal with issues in the community, affecting older people and other vulnerable people as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19.

This includes financial hardship, potential for hunger, lack of shelter, further exacerbation of health issues, need for self-isolation, loneliness and isolation of vulnerable people.

This fund will support vulnerable people and help to:

  • Reduce the impact of isolation during any isolation period as a result of the threat of Covid 19

  • Support ongoing needs of people, to ensure that their well-being is maintained

  • Support initiatives that will help ensure people remain, safely connected with the outside world during this time.

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The fund will be used to:

  • Tackle the impacts of financial hardship.

  • Enable people to access nutritious food by connecting them to services providing groceries, and other essential items.

  • Enable and encourage people to use and access technology to keep them connected to the outside world.

  • Reach out to isolated people by telephone, and befriending if possible.

  • Support home education for children and young people.

  • Enable people to keep warm and to cook.

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