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Can I help financially during Coronavirus?

Published: 07 April 2020

Where can I make a donation?

So we're all stuck at home, holiday and travel plans disappearing before our eyes. Not commuting to work each day spending money on petrol, train, bus tickets, or buying that take-away coffee? Social life put on hold, theatre, festival and sporting event tickets all cancelled. So perhaps your outgoings aren't what they used to be?

So maybe you're wondering how you can help your community in Surrey?

It's appreciated that not everyone can offer their time to volunteering during Coronavirus. Some residents have asked how they can help with financial contributions. There are various funds set up that will help relief efforts in Surrey, particularly to those most in need in our community. Here are a few trusted ways in which you can donate funds knowing that your money will go to local causes and to people who are really in need.

1. Surrey Crisis Fund

The Surrey Crisis Fund is a discretionary fund run by Surrey County Council. It provides financial help to Surrey residents who have nowhere else to turn to in an emergency or following a disaster.

If you would like to contribute to the Fund to help some of those individuals in the county who need the most support you can donate here via The Government's official donation page.

2. Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund

The Community Foundation for Surrey is a grant-making foundation which inspires local giving for local needs. They award grants to grassroots charities and community groups who make a positive difference in our county. The foundation have set up funding for Coronavirus response efforts and have already awarded funding to community groups in Surrey to help with their relief efforts.

For those wishing to give, please visit the Surrey Coronavirus Response Fund appeal.

3. Foodbanks

Food banks would welcome assistance in the form of financial donations, which can be easily made through the individual food banks visit Surrey Information Point for details of local Surrey foodbanks here.

The Trussell Trust – There are over 1,200 food bank centres across the UK who provide a minimum of three days emergency food and support to people experiencing crisis you can donate to The Trussell Trust here

4. National Emergencies Trust

The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities supporting those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak. You can make a donation at National Emergencies Trust here. Money raised will be distributed through local organisations, including the Community Foundation for Surrey, who are well placed to support Surrey's voluntary organisations to overcome the challenges presented by this ongoing emergency.

Donating your time

If you are able to volunteer your time visit the Coronavirus Community Support I want to help web page to find out how in your local community.

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