Hackney Giving has responded to the coronavirus crisis by launching a fundraising appeal for a Coronavirus Response Fund.  It will offer grants to the small, local organisations that care for Hackney’s communities every day during the coronavirus crisis.

Hackney Giving is a simple and coordinated way for individuals and businesses to support grassroots voluntary and community organisations in Hackney. The giving fund is run by Hackney CVS, a charitable organisation with over 20 years’ history supporting the borough’s voluntary and community groups.

It aims to offer grants of up to £3,000 to groups that are working with older people and vulnerable groups that will be disproportionately affected by the outbreak, homeless people and refugees, and residents with mental health needs as well as to organisations that are supporting residents (particularly those on low incomes) to access the supplies and necessities they need. Hackney Giving aims to raise £30,000 by the end of April.  Thanks to a donation of almost four thousand pounds from Burberry in Hackney, the fund had a great start and now stands at just over £7,000.

By choosing Hackney Giving, donors can be sure that their donations will be distributed fairly and diligently.  Hackney Giving is supported by the Mayor of Hackney, Philip Glanville, who said “There are very challenging times ahead, but it’s great to see Hackney Giving back up and running, here to provide a vital package of support for grassroots organisations in Hackney.