The generous people of Gedling borough have dug deep to support a fundraiser set up to help feed people across the area during the coronavirus crisis.
Mayor of Gedling Cllr Sandra Barnes launched the ‘Giving for Gedling Food Bank Appeal’ on Friday to help support our vulnerable residents in the borough during the Coronavirus outbreak.
A target of £20,000 was set, with all donations being given directly to registered food banks who support residents across the borough, or to be used by Gedling Borough Council to purchase food and essential items for distribution to those food banks or directly to residents in need.
So far, the council has received over 300 requests for support and over 400 offers to help from volunteers from its Giving for Gedling website.
Leader of Gedling Borough Council, Councillor John Clarke said: “We have been amazed by the incredible generosity of our residents. They have helped us raise over £20,000 in just 48 hours and every penny will go towards the local humanitarian response to the Coronavirus outbreak.
“I want to thank every single person who has donated and I would also like to thank all the volunteers and council staff who have assembled so quickly to get the food out to those who need it the most. We have an ethos at Gedling Borough Council that is serving people, improving lives and the work that has taken place over the last few days to help our most vulnerable residents, epitomises that ethos completely. Thank you.”
Gedling borough councillors all generously handed over £250 each, putting £10k into the fund, with residents being challenged to help find the rest – and they certainly delivered, with the £20k target being reached this morning (April 5).
Deputy leader of Gedling Borough Council, Cllr Michael Payne, quickly heaped praise on people across the borough this morning.
He said: “Wow! Thank you residents of Gedling Borough. The £20,000 target has been reached in just 48 hours for our Giving for Gedling Food Bank Appeal. Working together we will shield, protect and support our most vulnerable at risk and the elderly. Your generosity is going to help so many people.”
People still have 26 days to donate to the appeal.
You can make a donation here: https://www.spacehive.com/givingforgedling