An appeal from the Mayor of Runnymede during the Coronavirus crisis.
There are now thousands of residents in Runnymede who have been forced to self-isolate due to their vulnerability as well as increasing numbers suffering economic hardship.
These people will be in great need of our help over the coming weeks for some of the most basic needs, including access to food.
Runnymede Borough Council has recently secured a central facility which will be used to store large numbers of food stuffs, including canned foods and other non-perishable food items. The delivery of these items to many of the vulnerable Runnymede residents will be co-ordinated from this site.
We are working closely with local voluntary groups and charities, like the Runnymede Foodbank, and is it likely that the relief effort from this site will be ramped up further if Surrey County Council uses some of the space to coordinate support to vulnerable residents across Surrey.
All this effort will cost money.
We are going to need to purchase foodstuffs and other essentials in large quantities - and quickly - and on an ongoing basis if the national lockdown carries on for many weeks, perhaps even for longer.
A message from your councillors and Runnymede Foodbank volunteers on the great work achieved so far in supporting local people and how you can get involved:
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The Mayor of Runnymede's Charitable Fund is long established.
Through donations from the community, a great many charities in Runnymede have benefitted over the years through the Mayor's Fund. Many of you have donated to this fund in the past.
But we are living in very challenging times - and so I am making a direct appeal to those residents in our Borough who are most financially able, and whose income has not been affected by the virus, to make a donation if they can to the Mayor of Runnymede's Charitable Fund.
In addition to money already made available to Runnymede Foodbank by the Council, this will help us to purchase the foodstuffs that we need to get to our vulnerable residents - and quickly.
There is absolutely no thought of contributions from any resident or business left in any form of hardship because of Coronavirus.
However, if you have the financial means and are in a position to be able to donate to the Mayor's Charitable Fund to help us combat Covid19 and support our relief effort, please contact Cllr Nigel King, on 07875 020258 or at firstname.lastname@example.org
You can also make a direct BACS bank transfer using the following details:
Sort code: 30-99-80
Cheques made payable to The Mayor Of Runnymede's Annual Charity Account can also be posted to Runnymede Borough Council, Civic Centre, Station Road, Addlestone, Surrey, KT15 2AH
Cllr Parshotam Sohi
Mayor of Runnymede