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The Nottingham Building Society has donated £30,000 to support efforts by a local charity to help homeless and vulnerable people through the Covid-19 crisis.

We recently launched an emergency fundraising appeal to help fund our response to the crisis – using the money raised to deliver emergency food and care packages to hundreds of people, and to buy personal protective equipment (PPE) to keep staff and residents safe.

The Nottingham, a long-term supporter of Framework, has also agreed to waive the rent the charity pays for use of its former branch on Friar Lane for the next six months.

Anne Leivers, The Nottingham’s Head of People and Development, explained: “We’ve been proud to support Framework for many years and are all too aware that the Covid-19 outbreak poses a major challenge for many people in our communities. We know there are many vulnerable people who will need support in the weeks and months ahead and we want to provide additional funding to Framework so they can deliver the support needed. I am very pleased that The Nottingham is able to help our community in this way.”

Nottingham Chief Executive David Marlow talks more about the donation.

So far Framework has delivered more than 1,000 meals to people in the community, establishing a storage, distribution and delivery network manned by staff and volunteers. Going forward it is expected to deliver more than 600 meals a week to people in need, along with care packages of household items for those who need them. The charity has also had to spend nearly £20,000 on PPE and also faces considerable additional costs in order to fill staff shortages.

Fundraising Manager Andy Shields said: “This is a fantastic show of support (from our friends at The Nottingham) that really could not have come at a better time. The Covid-19 outbreak is without doubt the biggest challenge we have faced as an organisation. It poses a significant risk to the people we support and is stretching our staff to the limit. We are doing our very best to respond to this challenge but the associated costs are, frankly, unprecedented. This money will be a huge help to us in the weeks ahead and I would like to thank everyone at The Nottingham for their continuing support.”