Steve Morgan and Zoe Sheppard (1)

A major campaign has been launched in Cheshire to raise £1 million to provide vital support to vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The appeal is a partnership involving Cheshire Community Foundation working with Steve Morgan Foundation.

It also involves the Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs MBE, and the new High Sheriff of Cheshire Nick Hopkinson,

All funds raised will be match funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

David Briggs, Nick Hopkinson and outgoing High Sheriff of Cheshire Mark Mitchell launched the fund with an initial donation of £50,000 which will be matched by the Steve Morgan Foundation to make £100,000.

It comes a week after Cheshire Community Foundation announced its Covid-19 Response Fund.

The Foundation will be responsible for managing the fund and helping to ensure funds reach organisations that most need them.

Money will be made available to charities which are seeking grants to support individuals and families affected by the coronavirus crisis.

Nick Hopkinson High Sheriff of Cheshire (1)

Nick Hopkinson High Sheriff of Cheshire

Nick Hopkinson said: “These are desperate times for many people and this fund could provide a lifeline both for charities and the people they support.

“We are delighted that the Steve Morgan Foundation has so generously agreed to match fund donations to the appeal.

“Please consider donating and, if you are able to, please give generously.”

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.”

Steve Morgan CBE said: “Aside from the obvious difficulties that charities are facing, supporting thousands of disadvantaged people, this crisis is causing substantial cashflow issues.

Steve Morgan

Steve Morgan

“Normal day-to-day fundraising efforts that the charities undertake have been pulled from under them.

“As the economy shrinks it will be the charities and the vulnerable people who suffer first and we can’t allow that to happen.”

Charities seeking funding can apply via Cheshire Community Foundation’s website.

Applications will be assessed in the first instance by the Foundation before being forwarded to the Steve Morgan Foundation for approval.

Grants of up to £10,000 will be available in the first instance, but additional further funding may be available should the need arise.

To donate, go to www.cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk and simply click the donate button, email [email protected] or call 01606 330 607.

To enquire about funding, charities should go to www.cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk/apply-for-funding or contact the grants team via email at [email protected]

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