Cheshire Community Foundation is urgently appealing to the Knutsford community to contribute to its dedicated Knutsford fund, to help meet the increasing demand for charitable support resulting from the COVID-19 crisis.

Set up in February this year, the fund helps local charities provide support to Knutsford’s many vulnerable residents, addressing urgent needs such as access to food or emergency support on issues such as debt. With these residents being the hardest hit by COVID-19 emergency measures and many turning to increasingly stretched charities for support, Cheshire Community Foundation is appealing for extra funds. Priority support is to be given to local projects supporting people affected by the virus, helping to keep them safe and supported in their homes and reducing pressure on the NHS.

While recognising that many people and businesses are struggling financially during the crisis, the Foundation is reaching out to those that are able and would like to donate to the Knutsford Community Fund to get in touch (office@cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk/01606 330 607) or to donate through its website (selecting ‘Knutsford Fund’ during the donation process).

“Philanthropy has an important role to play in supporting and enhancing the government response, especially in support of our most vulnerable communities. We have seen through various appeals in the past that local people really do care about where they live and want to ensure that those hardest hit are supported,” said Zoe Sheppard, CEO of Cheshire Community Foundation.