Hope Fund cash awarded

The first awards have been made by the Mayor’s Hope Fund – a charity established to tackle poverty relief by Mayor of Liverpool, Joe Anderson.

More than £32,000 is being given to 15 organisations across the city to provide help and support to people in need.

The money for the Mayor’s Hope Fund has been raised through a Tesco till giving scheme at its stores across the city, as well as other fundraising events.

It includes funding for luncheon clubs, food hampers, kitchen equipment, storage space and help with the costs of distributing food.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “In tough times, the Mayor’s Hope Fund will make a difference to people who are struggling, and I would like to thank Tesco shoppers and other people who have donated to the charity.

“I am delighted that we are now in a position to start delivering funds to organisations that deliver such a valuable service.

“This is a difficult period for people due to the austerity measures and demand for our foodbanks is rising.

“Every penny will enable organisations to meet the increasing need for their services and support the work of their volunteers who work so hard.”

The successful applicants are:

• WAM Friendship Centre – £860
• Merseyside Residents Network – £700
• Kensington Fields Community Association – £1,621
• Manna – £400
• Holy Trinity Church – £1,000
• Deysbrook Village Centre – £1,075
• Speke Baptist Church – £930
• Croxteth and Gillmoss Community Council – £2,160
• South Liverpool Foodbank – £4,800
• North Liverpool Foodbank – £4,820
• Imagine If Trust – £4,800
• Anfield Breckside Community Council – £1,960
• ARCH – £3,497
• Fareshare – £2,500
• Tuebrook Hope Group – £1,360

There has been an 88 percent rise in the number of people being fed by Foodbanks compared to the same time last year.

People wanting to donate to the Mayor’s Hope Fund can do so in the following ways:

TEXT: Either £1, £2, £3, £4, £5 or £10. Text LMHF14 followed by the amount to 70070. So, to donate £1, text LMHF14 £1 to 70070

ONLINE: At http://www.justgiving.com/mayorshopefund

For more information about The Mayor’s Hope Fund, visit http://themayorshopefund.org.uk