Voluntary organisations and charities in Slough are struggling for funds as they face unprecedented calls on their resources during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now the 'umbrella' organisation Slough Council for Voluntary Service (SCVS) has set up a new fund specifically to support the 200 volunteers across town who have getting food to people who are isolated and in the greatest need.

More than 1,500 residents have benefitted from their efforts as they worked to protect the most vulnerable children while schools are closed and support people with the mental wellbeing.

Volunteers also help people struggling with debt, keep in contact with elderly people and ensure frail or disabled people get their medical supplies.

But it costs money and funds are increasingly stretched warns Ramesh Kukar, chief executive of SCVS.

He said: “The voluntary and charity organisations have been incredible in Slough, stepping up and providing assistance to those most in need during this crisis.

"They answered the call for help without question and the volunteers are providing a genuine lifeline for local residents.

“Many people who cannot donate their time – because they are isolating, are key workers, or looking after children – have been asking me what they can do to help instead.

“So we have set up this fund so people can donate and we can help provide much needed cash for the local charities and organisations who are doing so much for so many people.”

You can donate on www.localgiving.org/sloughgiving or make a cheque payable to "Slough Council for Voluntary Service" and send it to Slough CVS, 27 Church Street, Slough, Berkshire, SL1 1PL.

If you are having any problems donating online, visit Sloughcommunityresponse@sloughcvs.org.uk or telephone 07933 719 973.