Residents asked to give what they can to local charities | Sevenoaks District Council

Residents asked to give what they can to local charities

Published: Tuesday, 28th April 2020

A new crowdfunding appeal has been launched to help four organisations who are supporting older and vulnerable people through the Coronavirus crisis.

In this difficult time, charities who care for vulnerable people have a larger demand than ever before. The ‘Sevenoaks District Communities Together’ project is asking residents to dig deep and donate whatever they can so these amazing charities can continue their work and keep people safe.

A target of £10,000 has been set and the money raised will be split between these four local charities:

  • Age UK (Sevenoaks and Tonbridge) - Providing independent living advice, support and activities for older people
  • Domestic Abuse Volunteer Support Services (DAVSS) - Supporting women and men experiencing domestic abuse
  • Friends for Families (Sevenoaks) - A small charity working in the Sevenoaks District to help families facing financial hardship
  • West Kent Mind - A charity promoting positive mental health and supporting people with mental health problems.

Sevenoaks District Council, who are supporting the appeal, have already given local charities £20,000 to aid their work during the Coronavirus outbreak. They will also match every donation made to the ‘Sevenoaks District Communities Together’ appeal, up to a maximum total of £5,000.

Sevenoaks District Council Cabinet Member for ‘People and Places’, Cllr Lesley Dyball says: “Sevenoaks District has always been a place that looks out for each other in times of crisis, and now is clearly no exception. One of our greatest strengths is our community spirit, our kindness and our ability to work together.

“We’re delighted to be able to help these four incredible charities raise more money during this difficult time. Every penny you pledge will make a big difference and if we can surpass the £10,000 target that would be even better. With your donations, these local organisations can continue to support our residents who desperately need our help.”

The crowdfunding site is being hosted by Spacehive that has kindly waved its fees for this appeal.

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