Thanks to a surge in generous donations and the support of H&F Council, a further £10,085 has been distributed this week by local charity UNITED in Hammersmith and Fulham.
It takes the total of awarded grants to £30,535 to 33 groups in the space of three weeks, reaching an estimated 18,785 at-risk people in the borough. Recently, Brook Green-based mixer drink company Fever-Tree donated £10,000 to the appeal.
UNITED chair Kevin McGrath said that the appeal for funds would remain open as long as the current emergency lasts. “We’re proud to work at such a speed, enabling and distributing vital funds to those protecting those residents most at risk,” he said.
Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader at H&F Council, added: “The response to this appeal has been swift, generous and heartwarming – and it is making a real difference to those most in need in our community.”
The following organisations have received new grants from H&F Council and UNITED:
Barons Court Project – £1,000
Phone credit allowing homeless guests to stay in contact with friends and family and call trusted team members for support.
Elmgrove House Extra Care Home – £350
Providing arts and crafts, model-making, jigsaws and writing sets to counter isolation for those with dementia, learning disabilities, mental health conditions, sensory impairments and substance misuse issues.
Family Friends – £1,000
Food and essentials to 25 vulnerable families in the north of the borough.
For the People, From the People – £1,000
Activity packs, food parcels, toiletries, masks and gloves to those in isolation.
H&F Law Centre – £785
Purchase of laptop and printer to enable legal advice to be given remotely to people in poverty, applying for benefits, on job issues, loss of housing, and homelessness.
Harrow Club W10 – £300
Helping those in poverty or temporary housing with online support sessions.
Mother and Child Welfare Organisation – £1,000
Food, medicine, fuel, support and advice for elderly people in the Somali community.
Play Association H&F – £1,000
Buying PPE and giving extra support to families with children with special education needs.
Sands End Associated Projects in Action – £900
Weekly activity boxes and support for the children of at-risk households.
The Minaret Centre – £1,000
Creating a distribution point at the Somali community centre for supplies to those facing food poverty.
Violence Intervention Project – £750
Supporting young people involved in gangs and violence, and their families.
West London Welcome – £1,000
Ensuring asylum seekers have medicine, food, housing and financial support, plus phone credit to maintain regular contact.
If you’re a community organisation, you can apply for funding via UNITED’s website.