£500 donated to Richmond Covid-19 volunteer group

:Presentation on the steps of Richmond Town Hall, from left to right, Marie Porter, chair Lynne Arrand, treasurer Cllr Philip Wicks, Jack Train, IT and social media.

Richmond Town Council has handed out a £500 grant from Richmondshire District Council to Richmond’s Covid-19 Mutual Aid group.

The grant scheme was set up to help grass roots organisations provide key support to vulnerable Richmondshire residents through the coronavirus pandemic.

The Richmond group has been active since early March and has hundreds of active members helping vulnerable residents of the town with food deliveries and prescription collections.

Fergus Brown, leader of the Richmond Covid-19 Mutual Aid Group, said: “Our volunteers have responded magnificently to the needs of Richmond people and have spent their own time and money to help others.

“This grant will help offset the expenses they have incurred, and we are grateful for the support of the town and district councils.”

Philip Wicks, town and district councillor for Richmond East, said: “Fergus and his team of volunteers were first out of the block in organising support for the people of Richmond in response to the pandemic.

“They deserve our thanks and I am delighted that this grant scheme is helping to recognise their efforts.” [kofi]