THE Northamptonshire Lord Lieutenancy Emergency Fund was established to raise money for our NHS, local food banks and essential services helping hospitals and patients at this time of national crisis.
To date, the fund is standing at just over £40,000 to help support such services that have seen a major increase in demand since the outbreak of the coronavirus.
The fund, facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, has made its first round of funding awards to a number of food banks across the county. Re:store Northampton, Weston Favell Food Bank, the Daylight Centre, Corby Foodbank, Kettering Community Unit and Towcester Foodbank all received funding to help support some of the most vulnerable in our communities by way of food aid.
Lord-Lieutenant of Northamptonshire James Saunders Watson DL said: “We launched the fund to be available to help those who were in greatest need and not receiving attention. It has become abundantly evident that the Food Banks across our county are struggling to meet the increased demand.”
Northamptonshire Community Foundation is currently running a Veg Patch Photo Competition in order to raise money for the fund.
Gardeners, allotment holders, garden societies and anyone else who is interested can take part and upload a photo of their vegetable patch to https://www.dropbox.com/request/SvZdHaSsbIDSdy2hij1f between May 6 and 8to be in with a chance of winning.
For more information on the competition, please go to http://www.ncf.uk.com/about-us/veg-patch-competition.
Any donation towards the fund will be gratefully received, even if you do not wish to participate in the competition.
Donations to the fund can be made online at justgiving.com/campaign/ltemergencyfund.