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Horsham District Covid-19 Appeal raises vital funds for the local community

COVID-19 Appeal Community Volunteer

26 Aug 2020


The Horsham District Covid-19 Appeal which was launched to help with funding for the Horsham District Community Volunteer Hubs and community group Horsham Matters during the coronavirus crisis, has successfully raised some £20,000.

The Community Volunteer Hubs were established by local community groups, parish and neighbourhood councils, social media groups and Horsham District Council for the vulnerable of the Horsham District who were self-isolating during the pandemic.

Commenting on the success of the appeal, Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing Cllr Tricia Youtan said

“We would like to say a big thank you to everyone for their fantastic support in donating to this appeal.

These contributions have made, and continue to make, a real difference to vulnerable people in Horsham District and have greatly helped our Community Hub volunteers who have worked tirelessly to help those who have been self-isolating in our communities at such a difficult time.

“We extend our thanks to the army of volunteers who district-wide gave up so much of their time to help people who were shielding in their homes in such unprecedented circumstances.”

Horsham District Council Cabinet Member for Community Matters and Wellbeing Cllr Tricia Youtan

The support appeal was made possible operationally by registered charity The Hub Beeding and Donorfy who provide award-winning fundraising software to non-profit organisations across the UK.

The funds were allocated to the District’s Community Hubs on a weekly basis to help residents.

Hubs used their proportion of the funds raised for a range of support, including:

  • Supplying food and other items on behalf of someone unable to pay
  • Covering the cost of prescriptions or medication on behalf of someone unable to pay
  • Transport costs related to providing help
  • Stationery and administrative resources in operating a volunteer community hub
  • Buying material to make mouth coverings to government advised specifications.

Please take a look at some of the great work our volunteers have done across the District in this short video.

People are reminded that if they wish to continue to contribute to local good causes, an easy way to do so is to buy tickets for the Horsham District Community Lottery.

Tickets for the weekly online lottery cost just £1 and proceeds go towards helping some 70 different local charities, community groups and good causes.

Community groups wishing to still sign up for the lottery and those wanting to buy tickets should visit the Horsham District Community Lottery website or call 01403 434010.

For media queries, please email press@horsham.gov.uk