The global pandemic has made fundraising activity incredibly difficult for charities so the Government established a Coronavirus Community Support fund earlier this year. I thought you might be interested to hear what this has meant for West Berkshire’s charities – on whom we have relied more than ever and I am eternally grateful to all charities across the constituency for their continuing hard work during this pandemic.
I am so pleased that 10 charities across Newbury have so far received £239,370 from the Fund. These include:
- Young People and Children First (£9,000)
- Eight Bells for Mental Health (£4,170)
- West Berkshire Citizens Advice Bureau (£4,461)
- Berkshire Youth (£9,945)
- Free Legal Advice Group For Domestic Violence (£9,810)
- My Cancer My Choices (£3,914)
- Age Concern Newbury and District (£15,000)
- Newbury Community Resource Centre Ltd (£90,000)
- Corn Exchange (Newbury) Trust (£76,000)
- Time To Talk West Berkshire (£17,070)
I know that all these names will be familiar to you and are among our most important and best-loved local charities. I am delighted that Government money has been spent locally on reaching those who need it most.