Charity receives grant from coronavirus community support fund

Ashton United in the Community is delighted to announce that we have been successful in securing grant funding from the Coronavirus Community Support Fund, distributed by The National Lottery Community Fund. Funding from the fund will help us join with our friends in Smallshaw Hurst Community Action Group to set up a Food Pantry for the benefit of local people. This is on the back of the sterling work carried out by our teams of volunteers during the Covid-19 pandemic, which has seen us utilise the facilities at Hurst Cross to establish a place where people can come and get free food. The new Food Pantry, run by local volunteers, will be set up in a building in Cedar Park and will be a more lasting place for local people to visit. AUITC will support the team to be able to ‘stand on their own two feet’ and establish a more permanent location.

Also the grant will help us tackle ‘Holiday Hunger’ where we will be able to provide meals for children during the school holidays through on site and pop up distribution. As we begin to roll out the activities and plans to distribute food to families and children we will keep you updated with photographs and comments from those receiving the support. We intent to make a difference!

We may not have the high profile of the Marcus Rashford’s of this world but rest assured that the work of your charity is just as important and needed as those schemes that fill the copy pages of the more popularist newspapers. Regardless of the politics of the situation we give thanks to the Government for making this grant possible.

Steve Hobson

Project Manager

Ashton United in the Community