Quartet Community Foundation has revealed that the charity has now distributed over £1.85 million in Covid related funding 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.
The Arms Around Bristol campaign with the Bristol Post has already raised over £14,000.
The £1m has come from many different sources including direct donations and local philanthropists. Local businesses have been quick to lend their support including Womble Bond Dickinson, Direct Line and Burges Salmon.
Ronnie Brown, Quartet’s Interim CEO said: “Over 200 charities, and the people they support, are now benefiting from these donations. Thank you so much.
“None of us want to think of an older person, shielding due to health conditions and unable to see any of their friends, left alone. Or a young family, suddenly losing their income, unable to provide hot food for their children.
“Thanks to the amazing commitment of our small local causes and so many people’s generous donations to the appeal, many more people are getting support. Now there’s more online mental health support, specialist play equipment for disabled children, mobile phones and laptops for young people to keep up with schooling and for isolated older people to stay in touch with loved ones.”
· 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