April 8, 2020 3.04 pm This story is over 43 months old

Lincolnshire coronavirus crisis fund set £500k life saving target

The Lincolnshire Covid-19 Crisis Fund

A new crisis fund is hoping to raise £500,000 to help save lives during the coronavirus pandemic.

The Lincolnshire Covid-19 Crisis Fund has been set up by the Sleaford-based Lincolnshire Community Foundation.

The money raised will go to charities, community groups and social enterprises providing support to the most vulnerable.

Joint CEO of the Lincolnshire Community Foundation Sue Fortune said: “There is no doubt this money will help save lives.

“More than 23% of the people living in Lincolnshire are over 65 years old and face being isolated for months to come.

“Thousands of others are vulnerable owing to mental health issues, physical disabilities or underlying health conditions which also put them at risk.

The ACTS Trust in Lincoln, which helps run the Lincoln Foodbank, has already receivedfunding from the Lincolnshire Covid-19 Crisis Fund.

“These organisations offer a lifeline for people of all ages living in both rural and urban areas of our county and the needs are increasing and evolving day by day as we try to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic.”

Grants have already been given to:

  • Jubilee Church Life Centre, Grantham, to deliver food parcels
  • Creative Start, Grimsby, to help people recovering from addiction
  • Tonic Health, Spalding, to deliver hot meals to the elderly and vulnerable in rural areas
  • ACTS True and Bridge Church, Lincoln, to help meet increased demand for food
  • The Parish of Boston, to provide homeless people with hot breakfasts

The foundation is also working with the National Emergencies Trust (NET) on a UK-wide appeal, in partnership with the British Red Cross.

To donate to the Fund visit: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/lincolnshirecovid19fund

Those looking for a share of the funding can call 01529 305825.

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