High Sheriff Trust supports charities in need during COVID-19 crisis

Greater Manchester High Sheriff’s Police Trust have been supporting the needs of the most vulnerable in our society by providing funds to charities and organisations during the current COVID-19 crisis.

Established in 1994, the Trust works to promote a safer and better quality of life for people across Greater Manchester through crime prevention initiatives and community organisations to make Greater Manchester a better place to live and work.

Over the last 26 years, the High Sheriff’s Police Trust has contributed to literally hundreds of local projects, investing over £6m into crime reduction and community safety projects across Greater Manchester.

During the current pandemic, the restrictions imposed have affected charities in a number of different ways however many, within Greater Manchester and further afield, have suffered a sudden and sustained loss of income from sources such as public fundraising and events.

Since the start of the COVID-19 crisis, the Trust has supported the Greater Manchester Humanitarian group with a donation of £50,000, plus large donations to 21 charities and organisations across Greater Manchester including Barnabus, Booth Centre, Centerpoint Manchester, Fort Alice, Mustard Tree, St John Ambulance, Red Cross and Seashell Trust.

Chairman of the Trust, Greater Manchester Police Chief Constable Ian Hopkins said: “In this current climate, we wanted to do all we could to provide support to the charities who are struggling with a depleted revenue but who care so greatly for the most vulnerable within our society.

“The aim of the trust is to improve the quality of life of all communities in the Greater Manchester area, with vulnerable groups and victims of crime being priorities.

“The work that these organisations do is second-to-none and I hope that the money donated will go some way to helping them and the people that relay on their support during this unprecedented time.”

The High Sheriff of Greater Manchester, Eamonn O’Neal DL said:  “I’m very proud the Trust has been able to help a number of groups and I’m particularly pleased with the efficiency with which the Trustees have made decisions, following an application. Having a process that is straight forward and streamlined means we can help to make a difference to our communities very quickly.

“That really helps towards easing the burden on vulnerable people in our communities at this difficult time.”