High Sheriff Geoff Underwood


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6 of the Island’s trusts and foundations have teamed up to ensure critical charities get the support they need during the Covid-19 crisis.

As a result, around a dozen Island frontline charities are to receive a timely cash boost to help them maintain services at this crucial – and difficult – time.

Following an Appeal for donations by the Isle of Wight Council, which has raised over £11,000, the Island’s High Sheriff Geoff Underwood invited trusts and foundations on the Island to get together and pool their resources for a 3-month period.

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The Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation, The Daisie Rich Trust, The IW Sports Foundation, The Isle of Wight Foundation, The High Sheriff’s Trust and WightAID have all joined forces.

High Sheriff Underwood says:

“All of these groups share a common vision – that no family on the Isle of Wight will go without food or shelter over the next 3 months.

“We formed this group to make sure that we shared our donations around in a fair and even manner so that charities that are undertaking critical work at this time, get their fair share.

“Our group is keen to hear from charities that need help as they work to help us all through this difficult time. Our support will be focussed upon Food Poverty, Social Isolation and Mental Health, and Bereavement.”

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The group met online on Wednesday, and agreed to grant £30,000 to the most needy charities and will meet next month to grant a similar amount, depending on need.

Mr Underwood added:

“On behalf of the whole Island community, I would like to extend my sincere thanks to everyone who is working so hard to protect us from this awful virus, to those who are keeping essential services going, to everyone in the NHS, and especially to the army of volunteers who are stepping up and supporting the most vulnerable in our community – thank you so much.”

The Isle of Wight Council Appeal is still open, with donations being funnelled through The WightAID Foundation, who ensure that every penny raised goes straight to charities on the Island. You can donate at www.wightaid.org/donate.

The groups receiving a share of the cash grant include IW Foodbank, Donate it Don’t Dump It, Age UK Isle of Wight, IW Youth Trust, West Wight Community Hub, Pan Together, IW Citizens Advice, Pop-up Soup Kitchen, SPIIOW, Wight Dash, Home Start, IW Carers and People Matter IW.


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