Mayor launches charity lifeline for Liverpool’s most vulnerable residents

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THE MAYOR of Liverpool is today calling on the famous Scouse spirit of giving to help support community and voluntary groups during Liverpool’s hour of need.

Mayor Joe Anderson is launching a special charity appeal to help fund the work of groups across the city which are supporting vulnerable people during the coronavirus outbreak.

Praising them for their “tireless commitment to the people of Liverpool”, the mayor is calling for financial contributions from the public to help food banks and community organisations purchase vital supplies as they respond to the pandemic.

Mayor Anderson has opened up a Covid-19 Appeal as part of the established Mayor’s Hope Fund, through which anyone can pledge to support those in desperate need of help during this difficult time.

And to kickstart the appeal Mayor Anderson will contribute £20,000 from his council budget.

The Mayor’s Hope Fund was set up by the mayor to raise money to tackle poverty, particularly for families and people struggling to find or pay for their food supplies.

During the coronavirus pandemic, more people than ever are counting on the council and local community organisations for essential supplies because they are shielding, self-isolating or have lost their job. Every penny that is donated to the Mayor’s Hope Fund will go directly to Liverpool-based community organisations.

Mayor Joe Anderson said: “We have seen thousands of people come to the council asking for help, but a greater number are simply turning to their local community organisations for help, companionship and food. Our city’s greatest asset as we respond to the virus is the thousands of volunteers running these organisations and their tireless commitment to the people of Liverpool.

“Organisational partners, such as LCVS, Everton in the Community, the LFC Foundation and the Torus Foundation, are working directly with us at the council, but they are dwarfed by the number of smaller community organisations that are saving lives in our neighbourhoods. That’s why we want people to consider donating money to the Mayor’s Hope Fund to boost the finances of a group near you.”

Kevin Peacock, chief executive of St Andrew’s Community Network, which runs the North Liverpool Foodbank, said: “Over the past five years, the Mayor’s Hope Fund has really helped North Liverpool Foodbank as it has risen to the challenge of providing emergency food in a crisis for some of our most vulnerable residents. Last year we distributed more than 90 tonnes of food and supported over 13,000 people.  This food was transported using a van and stored in warehouses that were both part-funded by the Mayor’s Hope Fund.

“Over the next six months, we expect to see more hardship in our city as a direct result of Covid-19. The good news is that we are still one of the most generous cities in the world, and the Mayor’s Hope Fund will allow the council and its partners to make sure any donated resources go those who need it the most.”

•           You can contribute to the Mayor’s Hope Fund Appeal at https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/mayorshopefund-covid19