A new Coronavirus Disaster Relief Fund has been launched for Hertfordshire by local grantmaker Hertfordshire Community Foundation. This new fund aims to give rapid support to local charities and community organisations that are helping the most vulnerable people during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak.

Donations will be targeted, in the form of grants, to voluntary groups providing care and support for elderly and vulnerable people hit by the social and economic impact of the coronavirus.

The Coronavirus Disaster Relief Fund for Hertfordshire will work alongside the National Emergencies Trust’s Coronavirus Appeal, also launched this week, to raise money for financial support to groups helping the most vulnerable people in communities all over the county.

Helen Gray, Foundation Director for Hertfordshire Community Foundation said:

“Many local charities are struggling to maintain services during this global emergency. We have launched this appeal to help charities and community groups working with those considered to be the most vulnerable during this pandemic.

“At this time many grassroots charities and organisations are facing unprecedented challenges and are under immense pressures as they try to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.

“We don’t yet know what the full effects of this pandemic will be on these groups who do such vital work, which is why we want to build a fund to help to support the most vulnerable people in our communities.

We have already secured £20k, from a very generous individual and our hope is that through local donors and the NET appeal we can boost this considerably.

“We call on the people of Hertfordshire to respond in this time of crisis and help us to ensure support reaches those who need it most.”

Donations, of any size, can easily be made online at www.justgiving.com/campaign/coronavirusfundHertfordshire

Alternatively, donations can be made electronically:

Account name: Hertfordshire Community Foundation
Sort Code: 60-10-39
Account Number: 28592379