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Dorset fund raises £0.5m in 6 weeks

by Michael Ford last modified 22 May, 2020 10:32 PM

Dorset Community Foundation has raised £500k in donations, issued £300k in grants, and supported 100 local projects in 6 weeks.

The charity fund is celebrating the phenomenal 6-week response to the launch of the Dorset Coronavirus Community Fund, and £300,000 has been quickly awarded to over 100 groups who are supporting those most disadvantaged in the current crisis.

The funding has been made to projects right across Dorset, within towns, villages and both urban and rural communities.

The Foundation has also worked closely with the National Emergencies Trust, local and regional charitable trusts, and generous individuals, to raise a total of £500,000.

Grant Robson, Foundation Director explained:

"I am overwhelmed by people’s generosity which has enabled us to play a significance part in Dorset’s response to the crisis. We have made grants to foodbanks, community transport, older people’s groups, health and disability support, community volunteers, food deliveries, homelessness, mental health and family well-being, to name a few.

"We are by no means finished, with the help of local companies, charitable trusts and individuals we will keep making grants. There is a long and difficult road ahead and we need to pull together and help the most vulnerable during these difficult times."

Portland Foodbank received a grant of £5,000 to support food purchases and fuel costs for deliveries being made by volunteers. The project has seen the number of people who need their help double, and the lockdown and physical distancing has made their work very challenging.

MyTime Young Carers also received funding to enable the charity to reach out to young carers all over the county at a time when they are likely to be feeling particularly isolated and overwhelmed.

Penelope Day from the charity explained:

"MYTime Young Carers are so grateful to have received this funding. The money will go straight into MYTime @ Home, our online programme launched specifically in response to the coronavirus crisis, and designed to provide young carers with the support and bite-sized opportunities for relaxation they need right now."

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