A Durham-based charity has awarded £1m to help grassroots groups through the pandemic.

County Durham Community Foundation reached the milestone this month, after vowing to help Durham, Darlington and Tees Valley communities which were hit hard by Coronavirus.

The fund remains open for applications.

Michelle Cooper, chief executive of the Foundation, said: “We have such mixed emotions about this moment.

“We exist to help communities in an impactful way, and we are really grateful we have been able to award over 200 grants in such a short time.

“But we feel for the groups we are supporting, and in turn, the people they are keeping afloat. “There have been some wonderful moments of kindness and human spirit, but it’s going to take a long time for people to recover.

“I want to thank our supporters, the National Emergencies Trust and our team for getting this money where it needs to be.

“They have worked so hard.”

The National Emergencies Trust (NETs) launched an appeal as Coronavirus arrived in the UK and began to spread.

Nearly £90m pounds was raised, and community foundations were chosen to help distribute the funds.

A further £200,000 was raised by County Durham Community Foundation through a Crowdfunder appeal and private donations.

The £1m has been awarded to groups offering food parcels, suicide prevention support, help with mental health, prescription collections, PPE, incontinence products for end-of-life cancer patients and safe transport to and from the hospital for treatment.

BAME communities, the elderly, people who are homeless, children facing food poverty through missing school and disabled people have all been identified as key groups in need.

To find out more, go to www.cdcf.org.uk

 

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