The Cornwall Emergency Appeal has passed the £1 million mark with great momentum and is now steaming towards to its £2 million target.
The appeal, set up by Cornish charity Cornwall Community Foundation (CCF) in March, is raising funds to support people in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly whose lives and businesses have taken a catastrophic hit by the effects of the Coronavirus pandemic.
140 grants have already been awarded to community projects to provide a lifeline for those in desperate need during the pandemic.
Jane Hartley, chair of the Foundation, said: “The generosity and response of our community to this crisis has been extraordinary. This remarkable milestone is the clearest example yet of what our community is able to do when we come together. It also shows how the Cornish community extends way beyond the Tamar with more than 60% of private donations coming from people who live outside the county.”
In addition to private donations from people who want to support Cornwall, the £1.2 million raised so far also includes £338k from the National Emergencies Trust, the national disaster charity running a nationwide Coronavirus appeal, and £100k each from The Duke of Cornwall’s Benevolent Fund and Cornwall Council which we are so grateful for.
CCF chief executive,Tamas Haydu, added: “While reaching this milestone is really good news, there are still thousands of people in Cornwall really struggling with their day to day living. Research we have undertaken showed that 70% of frontline community groups expect to be delivering services directly related to the Coronavirus crisis for 12 months or more.”
To donate to the Cornwall Emergency Appeal or, if you are a community group, to apply for funding, please visit www.cornwallcommunityfoundation.com.