Sidmouth groups given Covid relief cash

Hazel Apps, of Sidmouth Voluntary Services, helps Mr Leslie Arcanley off the minibus on a shopping t

Hazel Apps, of Sidmouth Voluntary Services, helps Mr Leslie Arcanley off the minibus (before the Covid pandemic) - Credit: Tony Charnock

Two Sidmouth community groups have received vital cash injections from the Covid-19 Fund, a joint grants scheme run by East Devon District Council and Devon County Council.

Sidmouth Hospice at Home, which provides support for people in the Sid Valley with life-limiting illnesses, as well as their carers and families, has received £685 for a laptop and PPE for volunteers while driving patients to appointments.

Sidmouth Voluntary Services, a long-established charity providing services, care and friendship for the elderly and disabled in the Sid Valley, has been handed £700 to help pay for packaging for meals and PPE for the volunteers.

Cllr Jack Rowland, East Devon District Council’s portfolio holder for finance and chair of the Community Grants Fund, said: “One of the positives that has emerged over the past year since Covid-19 struck is the even stronger community spirit across the whole district, with people willing to volunteer to help others in multiple ways.”

The fund, which provides small grants, is still open to applications. You can find out more at this website: https://www.devon.gov.uk/coronavirus-advice-in-devon/document/covid-19-fund

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