A community group in Chaldon has raised money for people affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in the local area
Chaldon Cares Pandemic Hardship Fund was set-up in April as a direct response to the coronavirus outbreak and has raised £8000 for those who have lost work and earnings.
The fund has not only raised donations but has given advice for further help, delivered fish and chips and worked with the local primary school.
Members of Chaldon Cares have also spoken to Danny Kruger MP and East Surrey MP Claire Coutinho about how the government can expand on this further.
Cllr Bob Milton, of the Chaldon Cares leadership team, said: “We saw there were some real hardships coming out of Covid in the nearby area. So we decided we would put out an appeal for some funding for a hardship fund and we were overwhelmed by the response to be honest.
“The fund is more than just handing out money. What we are trying to do is to show people where else they can go for help.
“We have managed to get some food parcels to St Peter’s and St Paul’s school and their headteacher, Rosie Burgess, has been out visiting all of the vulnerable children who attend the school during the pandemic, and she has been magnificent.
“We (Chaldon Cares) have been speaking to Danny Kruger MP about how to ensure all the volunteering, and community spirit, is carrying on forward and is not being wasted. We have also spoken to our local MP, Claire Coutinho, to talk about what we can do to tap into this wonderful community spirit we have seen.”
If you live in Chaldon or Caterham, and need financial help because of the pandemic, please contact the Chaldon Cares Hardship Fund on: firstname.lastname@example.org on 01883 336631.
You can donate using this link:
Or through a BACS transfer:
to the CVC Hardship Fund Sort code: 30 91 72 Account number: 02328528 Or by cheque:
payable to CVC Hardship Fund and sent to 15, Doctors Lane, Chaldon CR3 5AE