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Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund breaks through £1million mark

Michael O’Toole, chief executive of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Picture: Keith Heppell
Michael O’Toole, chief executive of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. Picture: Keith Heppell

The Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund has smashed through its £1million target - and is still going strong.

At the start of the pandemic, the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation launched a campaign to help support organisations provide people with invaluable assistance.

Backed by the Cambridge Independent from the outset, it had a dual focus, with a Just Giving page for individual donations and then corporate and businesses fundraising.

The aim was to provide between £1,000 and £5,000 grants, with larger grants made available for groups working in partnership, with a turnaround period of between five and 10 working days.

So far, £716,860 has been distributed to 187 projects.

It has now raised £1.01m to help support older and vulnerable people as a result of the continuing threat of Covid-19, including projects addressing financial hardship, hunger, homelessness, health issues, home education, need for self-isolation/shielding and loneliness.

Michael O’Toole, CEO of the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, told the Cambridge Independent: “We are incredibly grateful to all your readers who have supported the appeal so far.

“From young people donating their pocket money through to tens of thousands donated by our local businesses and councils, the generosity of people who want to make a difference has been staggering.

“The response to the appeal, along with vital funding from the National Emergencies Trust appeal, has allowed us to fund incredible charities and community groups across our county, who have worked tirelessly to support the most vulnerable in our communities to get through this.”

The fundraising does not end there though, as the pandemic is highlighting and worsening existing inequalities.

Support is still needed by charities and community groups to help the most vulnerable communities, and the appeal will now turn its attention towards that.

This will include helping people hardest hit economically, young people, women and families affected by domestic violence, BAME communities and people with disabilities.

Cambridge Independent editor Paul Brackley said: “To surpass £1million is fantastic. I would like to congratulate Cambridgeshire Community Foundation on the achievement, and thank all of those who have donated. We have been pleased to support and publicise the fund, which has done so much to help in these troubled times, and we look forward to helping the foundation continue the fundraising.”

To make a donation, visit justgiving.com/campaign/Coronaviruscommunityfund.

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