Lord Lieutenant Emergency Fund May Update
The Northamptonshire Lord Lieutenancy Emergency Fund was established to raise money for our NHS, local foodbanks and essential services helping hospitals and patients at this time of national crisis.
To date, the fund has awarded £12,500 over two rounds to help support such services that have seen a major increase in demand since the outbreak of the Coronavirus.
The fund, facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, has made its second round of funding awards to several food projects and essential services across the county including Northampton Hope Centre, Kettering Community Unit, St. Johns Ambulance and Food 4 Heroes.
James Saunders Watson DL, the Lord Lieutenant of Northamptonshire, said: “I am delighted that the Emergency Fund is able to continue to support our foodbanks across the county, helping the most vulnerable families and individuals manage their way through this crisis.”
Mary Miller DL ran and brilliantly organised a Veg Patch Competition in order to raise money for the fund. Gardeners, allotment holders and anyone else with an interest in gardening were invited to take part and enter a photo of their vegetable patch alongside a suggested donation of £10. The competition raised £8,000 from 137 donations. First place was claimed by Sue and Mark Jackson-Stops, with the remaining prize winners being Nina and Ottilie Murdoch, Flora Wellesley Wesley, Judith Luthman, Jeanie Hirsch and Tony Travis.
Victoria Miles DL, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “During this extraordinary time we have seen outpourings from generosity from all corners of our communities. I’m delighted that the Lord Lieutenant Emergency Fund has been able to support a number of food banks and other essential charities who are able to respond to the most vulnerable in our society at this time. We thank all those who have donated both their time and funds.”