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Support the Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund to help those in need during Covid-19 crisis




A Cambridgeshire Coronavirus Community Fund has been launched with the support of the Cambridge Independent.

Run by Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF), the fund provides a co-ordinated way to support people affected by the virus.

Michael O’Toole, CEO of Cambridge Community Foundation. Picture: Keith Heppell
Michael O’Toole, CEO of Cambridge Community Foundation. Picture: Keith Heppell

Anyone can donate via the Just Giving page.

Chief executive Michael O’Toole said: “In this unprecedented crisis, CCF is determined to support our communities so that they can help people affected by the virus. The appeal will raise funds that can be used to keep people from going hungry and stay comfortable in their homes.”

The fund is supported by a partnership of Cambridgeshire County Council, Cambridge City Council, Cambridge2030 and a number of delivery agencies.

It will provide emergency funding for organisations helping to deal with emerging issues related to Covid-19, helping older people, the vulnerable and children in particular.

It will support work to:

  • Reduce isolation and vulnerability;
  • Meet the ongoing needs of older people to ensure that their wellbeing is maintained; and
  • Ensure people remain safely connected with the outside world during this time.

In particular, the fund will:

  • Tackle the impacts of financial hardship.
  • Enable people to keep warm by accessing home heating oil or warm clothes.
  • Help people to access a nutritious meal by connecting them to services providing groceries, and/or ready-made meals.
  • 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.
  • Enable home education for children and young people.

By Saturday morning, nearly £3,000 had been raised by the appeal.

Michael O’Toole, CEO of Cambridge Community Foundation. Picture: Keith Heppell
Michael O’Toole, CEO of Cambridge Community Foundation. Picture: Keith Heppell

Individuals, public bodies and businesses are encouraged to get behind the appeal by donating at https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/Coronaviruscommunityfund.

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