On the 8th April the Chancellor announced an emergency funding package of £750 million for frontline charities across the UK, including hospices, those supporting domestic abuse victims, and smaller charities. The emphasis is very much on those organisations working at the frontline whose services are needed more than ever and for which the idea of furloughing staff would go against the very aims they were set up to meet.
Some of the money (I think I’m right in saying) will flow through the National Lottery Community Fund and the government has also pledged to match donations made to the National Emergencies Trust.
This is good news, of course, but much more will be needed.
Don’t forget that you can also donate to the Coronavirus Resilience Fund, the local initiative by the Heart of England Community Foundation and partners, where it is possible to stipulate that you want your donation to support organisations in Birmingham. (Enter ‘BRUM’ in the comments box when you donate.)
Since the 24th March, when total donations to the Coronavirus Resilience Fund stood at £80,000 a further £170,000 has been raised, bringing the current total to £251,529.
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