- £95,000 in rapid emergency COVID-19 funding is set to be released by the Heathrow Community Trust (HCT), an independent charity funded by Heathrow Airport and supported by its colleagues and partners
- Funding has been released from HCT reserves to help keep vital community services running, including food banks and support services for the isolated and vulnerable
- Heathrow continues to provide educational resources to local schools and has redeployed Heathrow Community Rangers to assist with delivering donations to local food banks
The Heathrow Community Trust (HCT) is granting £95,000 in rapid emergency funding for local community groups responding to COVID-19. Funding from HCT reserves – generated by fundraising efforts from Heathrow colleagues in 2019 – will be used to support projects including transitioning support services online and equipping the elderly with technology to help stay connected with friends and family.
Support will be issued to organisations who have a current active HCT-funded project and are providing vital care to the most vulnerable.
“This funding is providing much-needed support to our neighbouring community groups who are working tirelessly to keep local people safe and healthy. The only way to get through this challenging time is by maintaining our strong community spirit and offering as much support as we can to one another”
The HCT’s COVID-19 emergency response funding will continue to be awarded on a weekly basis while the reserve funds are available.
Thanking the HCT, Thames Hospice Fundraiser Frances Greany, said:
“We really appreciate the Trust's support at this very difficult time. It will make such a difference to our doctors and nurses as they support patients in the coming weeks and months”
Emergency funding from the Trust is in addition to a number of initiatives exercised by Heathrow and its partners, to support the local community through the global COVID-19 outbreak, including a donation of 6,000 FFP3 respiratory face masks to NHS teams. Heathrow Community Rangers have also been redeployed to support some of Heathrow’s local communities, including delivering donations to local food banks, while online educational resources have been made available to schools and parents via the Heathrow website.
About Heathrow Community Trust (HCT)
The HCT was set up in 1996 to improve the quality of life for communities near the airport through education and community projects focused on enhancing people’s skills, aspiration, resilience and employability, as well as improving community green spaces and projects bringing communities together.