A CHESHIRE charity has donated £30,000 to a fund set up to help vulnerable people affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

The donation by Chester Municipal Charities (CMC) to Cheshire Community Foundation’s Covid-19 Response Fund will be a lifeline for organisations across the county providing emergency support such as foodbanks or benefits advice.

The money will also help charities to co-ordinate their response and benefit community groups that are at risk of collapse because of the crisis.

Peter Catherall, CMC chairman, said: “The pandemic is making life more difficult than ever before for vulnerable people.

“The charities they rely upon are struggling to survive and deliver the services that act as a lifeline to their communities across the Cheshire area.

“We’re delighted to provide much-needed funds to support the Covid-19 Response Fund and ensure people across Cheshire continue to receive the support they so desperately need.”

The fundraising efforts have the potential to reach £2 million, as all funds raised will be match-funded by the Steve Morgan Foundation.

Zoe Sheppard, chief executive of Cheshire Community Foundation, said: “There is an immediate need within the community.

“Many charities are facing an increase in demand while already under resourced and stretched to breaking point.

“Once the immediate crisis has passed, many of the people they support will be left more vulnerable in its wake and the fund will aim to help them too.

“This fund is about meeting both the immediate need and the longer-term need.”

By supporting the charitable sector, it is also hoped that the appeal will play a part in reducing pressure on the NHS.

To donate or enquire about funding grants, visit: cheshirecommunityfoundation.org.uk.