Residents and businesses come together to raise over £700,000 for Kensington and Chelsea Foundation in its Covid-19 Appeal for Borough’s most vulnerable
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation, which raises funds for local projects providing support for vulnerable residents, has raised over £700,000 in just five weeks for its Covid-19 Appeal.
Launched in late March, the K+C Foundation’s Covid-19 Appeal has already drawn significant support as it seeks to bridge the gap between organisations and local residents looking to financially support the community and local charities working tirelessly to help the vulnerable.
All funds raised will provide essential services including weekly care packages for elderly and vulnerable residents in the borough, support for those isolating in households which are difficult and potentially violent, and technology to connect community groups concerned with mental health. Charities and local projects including Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, Al-Hasaniya, Solidarity Sports and Minds United FC are benefitting from the Foundation’s support.
A number of businesses have donated significant amounts to the K+C Foundation including property firm and the Foundation’s principal supporter Cadogan, who has donated £50,000 to match funds, with £50,000 also pledged by both the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust, and the Rockspring Charitable Trust.
Global fintech company LMAX Group made the foundation’s lead donation of £250,000, which enables support to reach further within the borough – through food distribution, activities and mentoring for young people at risk, and the provision of tablets and stands at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital so that Covid-19 patients can contact their families and friends. Through a series of silent auctions, British jewellery designer Theo Fennell has also donated, raising over £7,000.
Support is particularly important for Kensington and Chelsea, which contains significant pockets of deprivation, especially in the north end where there is above average poverty rates, child poverty and a receipt of out-of-work benefits – according to the Trust for London. Council data reports the borough has a higher-than-average proportion of pensioner households (15 %), while 12 % of the population are 65+.
With the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) estimating that at least £4.3bn in charitable donations and grants will be lost in just 12 weeks due to the pandemic, leaving charities across the country facing “imminent collapse”, the Foundation is urging more donors to come forward to ensure that those who are most at risk receive the support they need.
How can you help?
To donate to the appeal, please visit the website.
The Kensington and Chelsea Foundation is experienced in crisis response work, having raised £7m for those affected by the borough’s Grenfell Tower disaster in 2017.
There are other charities in need in the borough including the Royal Trinity Hospice