22 Apr 2020
The Lightbody Foundation set up by Snow Patrol singer Gary Lightbody has donated £30,000 to support the most vulnerable groups affected by Coronavirus. The £30,000 donation is divided between two charities – Cruse Bereavement Care and Childline NI, with the remainder supporting the Coronavirus Community Fund.
In just four weeks the Coronavirus Community Fund has received over 670 applications from community groups and charities responding to need and the fast-tracked assessment process has allowed qualifying groups to immediately start to support their communities and help people who are isolated, alone or in need of help.
The funding will allow Cruse Bereavement Care NI to continue supporting individuals of all ages who are facing a tragic loss of life, currently under very difficult circumstances. Childline NI is working to provide a safe space for children to talk, with an overwhelming amount of information around Coronavirus more and more children are feeling anxious and worried about as a result.
Andrew McCracken, CEO Community Foundation, “So far, we’ve been able to support an incredible outpouring of generosity and community spirit. As we’ve done that, we’ve been learning and adapting, ensuring the Coronavirus Community Fund is focused on helping the most vulnerable at this time. We are proud to be in partnership with organisations such as The Lightbody Foundation who are passionate about supporting our community and are able to react to changing circumstances quickly, directing support to where it is needed most.”
Groups wishing to apply for funding click here.
Anyone wishing to donate to the Coronavirus Community Fund appeal you can donate online here.