October 20, 2020
Harrison Foundation helps raise Â£200,000 emergency COVID fund
The Harrison Foundation has helped raise more than Â£200,000 to support vulnerable people during the coronavirus pandemic.
As soon as the UK went into lockdown in March, the Harrison Foundation immediately stepped up to support a number of hospices, enabling them to maintain a vital service.
Over the last six months, the Foundation has provided emergency funding to charities supporting disabled people and vulnerable young people as well as community groups that provide emergency food parcels.
The Big Issue is another recipient of funding from the Harrison Foundation as part of its campaign to prevent homelessness during the COVID-19 crisis.
The Harrison Foundation was set up in 2007 to support charities that provide a lifeline and make a practical difference to the most disadvantaged in society.
The Harrison Foundation has worked with its partners to raise the vital funds. The Harrison Centre for Social Mobility as well as financial technology firm True Potential, which was founded by trustees David and Daniel Harrison, have played a crucial role in raising the money and identifying those most in need of support.
Part of the Â£200,000 has helped supply 14,000 vital food parcels to vulnerable and isolated people in the UK as well as overseas.
Harrison Foundation trustee Daniel Harrison said:
â€œWhen we set up the Harrison Foundation in 2007, it was always with the aim of trying to make a practical and meaningful difference to peopleâ€˜s lives when they are experiencing hardship. I can think of no more vital and distressing time than the current coronavirus pandemic we are all living through but of course it is especially difficult for those who are most vulnerable and isolated in society. I am really pleased that with our partners at the Harrison Centre and True Potential, we have been able to support charities and community groups who quietly get on with outstanding work that is making a real difference to peopleâ€˜s lives every single day.â€
Carol Meredith from Tynedale Hospice at Home added:
Â â€œThe support of the Harrison Foundation is hugely appreciated as we continue to help some of the most vulnerable older people through our home-based palliative care delivered by registered nurses. The support is also so timely as we know that much of our community fundraising â€“ sponsored activities and volunteer run events will naturally be cancelled or deferred for many months given the advice to maintain a social distance, preventing people from becoming involved in community activities.â€