Coronavirus fund already reaching local people in need

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One grant is helping Age UK BNES support older people seven days a week through the Coronavirus crisis

Quartet Community Foundation has revealed that the charity has now distributed over £250,000 to local charitable organisations to help them through the Coronavirus crisis. 

The charity, which covers Bristol, Bath & NE Somerset, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire, has been fundraising since the depth of the crisis became clear. They have already raised over £440,000 for the fund and have received over £120,000 from the National Emergencies Trust.

The Arms Around Bristol campaign with the Bristol Post has already raised £5,500.

Sue Turner, Chief Executive of Quartet Community Foundation, said: “Thank you so much to everyone who has donated so generously to help our charities keep up their great work through this awful crisis. It’s a testament to the generosity of local people that we’ve already got over £250,000 to our local charities, community and voluntary groups.  From ensuring our children and elderly people have good food, to advice on benefits and mental health support, we depend on charities to ensure our most disadvantaged people are not forgotten.”

·         Making sure older people get the help they need

Age UK B&NES received £5,000 from the fund to offer emergency one-on-one support to older people in B&NES in response to the Covid-19 outbreak.

Janet Dabbs, their CEO said: “It is challenging time for everyone, especially those who are looking after the most vulnerable. At Age UK B&NES we have drastically changed the way we work to make sure older people get the support they need in and around their homes. Access to food and medicine, getting people home from hospital safely as well as keeping a check on loneliness is paramount. We are extremely grateful for the much-needed funding from the Quartet Community Foundation and it means we can support more vulnerable older people, seven days a week until this crisis is over.”     

·         A charity album and hundreds of supporters, including Sir Tony Robinson, Beth Rowley and Mayor Marvin Rees

The Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund appeal is being supported by hundreds of generous local people plus Sir Tony Robinson, Beth Rowley and Mayor Marvin Rees. It is now also now benefiting from the talents of 20 Bristol bands thanks to a newly launched charity compilation album. The Ark Vol 1. Is the brainchild of BIMM Bristol lecturer and musician John E Vistic. Featuring Bristol legends including Beak and John E Vistic, all proceeds go the Coronavirus 2020 Response Fund set up by Quartet.

·         Local charitable organisations can apply online for a grant from Quartet if they meet the criteria – details are at https://quartetcf.org.uk/grant-programmes/coronavirus-response-fund/

·         Anyone can donate at https://quartetcf.org.uk/donate-now/ or  https://www.justgiving.com/campaign/BristolCoronavirusFund

·         Download the charity album: http://thearkcharitycompilation.bandcamp.com/album/the-ark-vol-1