Sussex people and businesses are being asked to donate – urgently and generously – to a new fund, set up by Sussex Community Foundation.
The Sussex Crisis Fund is supporting local charities and community groups who are in the front-line of community action to help people suffering as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Smaller charities and voluntary groups are the absolute backbone of community life here in Sussex. They support everyone from people with mental health problems to families on low incomes, from isolated older people to those without a roof over their heads,” said Kevin Richmond, Chief Executive of Sussex Community Foundation.
“We’ve been talking to charities across the county over the last two weeks and there are many examples of charities rolling their sleeves up and finding creative ways to do the seemingly impossible. Foodbanks are organising food distribution to poor neighbourhoods across the county, befriending charities are moving to telephone or online befriending, to ensure that no-one is left isolated and lonely and many charities are training vast numbers of new volunteers to respond to the immediate need.”
However, many are incurring new costs for computers, phones, online services or for the most basic things, like food and medicine for vulnerable people.
“The community needs support now to sustain the amazing effort that is being made to address this emergency and support the most vulnerable. Please give as much or as little as you can spare and we’ll make sure it gets to local people that need it – now.”
To donate in Sussex
Visit the Sussex Crisis Fund appeal page
To donate nationally
Visit the National Emergencies Trust
Sussex Community Foundation is also working with the National Emergencies Trust to distribute funds received through the national NET Coronavirus Appeal.