Mayor launches charity lifeline for Liverpool’s most vulnerable residents
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.
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
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
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.
to kickstart the appeal Mayor Anderson will contribute £20,000 from his council
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
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.
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.
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.”
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.
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.”