I’m glad that several local charities in Faversham and Mid Kent have received almost £140,000 from the Government’s Coronavirus Community Support Fund.
Charities and volunteer groups are playing a crucial role in getting help to people who most need it during this pandemic.
From mutual aid groups to community centres, the sense of community spirit in many places has never been stronger. I’ve been inspired meeting many of the people behind these groups over the past few months.
But I know many charities are under huge pressure. Demand for services has increased, while incomes have dropped, and regular volunteers are unable to help on account of health reasons.
The Government has provided £750 million to help voluntary and community groups across the country continue their vital work during this difficult time.
This includes the £200 million Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by the National Lottery Community Fund, with a focus on supporting small- and medium-sized charities.
Thirteen charities in Faversham and Mid Kent have so far received £139,405 from this fund. These include:
- Maidstone Mencap Charitable Trust Limited (£26,769)
- Fusion Maidstone (£10,000)
- Faversham Umbrella (£9,999)
I’ll continue to do everything I can to support our fantastic local charities.