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The Chester Bluecoat Charity has donated £30,000 to a fund set up by Cheshire Community Foundation to help vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus pandemic. The donation will boost the campaign to raise £1 million to provide vital support to charities helping individuals and families in Cheshire and Warrington.

Our contribution will support the Covid-19 Response Appeal, launched as a lifeline for organisations providing emergency support such as foodbanks or benefits advice. The fund will also help charities to co-ordinate their response, and benefit community groups that are at risk of collapse because of the crisis.

Help for people affected by the coronavirus pandemic

As one of Chester’s oldest charities, we help good causes throughout the Chester area. And by joining other donors to support the Covid-19 Response Appeal, we’ll be helping the city’s most vulnerable at a time of crisis and uncertainty.

Peter Catherall, Chairman of The Chester Bluecoat Charity, said: “The pandemic is making life more difficult than ever before for vulnerable people. The charities they rely upon are struggling to survive and deliver the services that act as a lifeline to their communities in Chester and across the Cheshire area.

“We’re delighted to provide much-needed funds to support the Covid-19 Response Appeal and ensure people across Cheshire and Warrington continue to receive the support they so desperately need.”

Fundraising partnership

The appeal is a partnership involving Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs MBE, the new High Sheriff of Cheshire Nick Hopkinson MBE DL, and Cheshire Community Foundation, working in collaboration with the Steve Morgan Foundation.

The fundraising efforts have the potential to reach £2 million because all funds raised will be match-funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Fund aims to tackle both short-term and long-term need in Cheshire

Zoe Sheppard, Chief Executive of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “There is an immediate need within the community. Many charities are facing an increase in demand while already under resourced and stretched to breaking point.

“Once the immediate crisis has passed, many of the people they support will be left more vulnerable in its wake and the fund will aim to help them too. This fund is about meeting both the immediate need and the longer-term need.”

Can you help?

The fund is appealing for donations to ensure the valued and vital charities in Cheshire and Warrington aren’t stretched to breaking point and that they receive the extra support they need. And by supporting the charitable sector, it’s hoped the appeal will play a part in reducing pressure on the NHS.

To donate to the Covid-19 Response Appeal or enquire about funding, click here.