Sarah Riley, right of picture, with volunteer members of The Welcome in Knutsford, which received funding from the Covid-19 Fund.jpg LR (1)

A major fund launched to help people affected by the coronavirus pandemic has distributed over £500,000 in grants across Cheshire.

Nantwich Foodbank are among the beneficiaries of the Covid-19 Response Fund set up by Cheshire Community Foundation in April.

Backed by Lord Lieutenant of Cheshire David Briggs MBE, new High Sheriff of Cheshire Nick Hopkinson MBE, DL, and previous High Sheriff Mark Mitchell DL, the fund attracted over £1 million in donations.

The Steve Morgan Foundation agreed to provide match funding for many of the projects.

The fund has provided support to almost 140 different organisations across Cheshire East, Cheshire West and Warrington.

In Cheshire East, successful charities include Transforming Lives Together, Nantwich Foodbank, Cheshire Streetwise, Age UK Cheshire East, The Welcome and East Cheshire Hospice.

Cheshire Community Foundation will announce a new strategic grants programme, making use of the outstanding money raised, to help charities affected by coronavirus to “adapt and survive”.

Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “We are thrilled to have been able to help so many charities in such a short space of time and when their need has been at its greatest.

“This has only been possible thanks to the huge generosity of our donors and to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved at Cheshire Community Foundation.

“We are still to see the full impact on our communities from the coronavirus pandemic and we are looking forward to the imminent launch of the next phase of our response via a new strategic grants programme, helping to match our donors’ money with the causes that most require their support.”

To donate, go to and click the donate button, email [email protected] or call 01606 330 607.

To enquire about funding, charities should go to or contact the grants team via email at [email protected]

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