Communities across Sussex have responded quickly to meets the challenges resulting from the coronavirus crisis. We know the challenges people are facing will continue for many months – if not, years – to come. It’s only six weeks since we launched the Sussex Crisis Fund and we’ve raised a £1.3 million and given grants worth over £600,000 in that time. But there is still more to do.
There are so many amazing charities and many new community groups that are coming together to help the people who are most in need. We have been privileged to be able to help them. Our grants committee is meeting every Monday to give a very quick response to applications.
Local charities are making sure that people get the basics like food and medicines and are providing support for people who are particularly vulnerable such as those experiencing mental health problems or domestic abuse, families who have lost work or people with learning disabilities. In the medium term we expect that the impact on the economy will cause deeper disadvantage and poverty in some areas of the county.
This current situation has truly highlighted the amazing generosity and kindness of people locally. I have been really touched by the wonderful – and immediate – response to our Sussex Crisis Fund appeal. In just four weeks we have raised £1.3m to help local communities through this crisis. This includes £500,000 from the National Emergencies Trust. People have been incredibly generous.
As always, Sussex Community Foundation is working hard to make sure the money donated gets to the frontline where it is needed most. All donations will make a huge difference to people and groups in need of help across the county.
You can read more about the projects we are funding on our website where we will be posting regular updates.
I will close with a big thank you to everyone who is supporting the community through this crisis, whether you are volunteering at the frontline or donating funds to help others to do so, you are all part of the solution to this crisis. Thank you!
Kevin Richmond, CEO