A welcome £10,000 worth of funding will go to seven Slough groups which have been providing residents with food and supplies during the COVID-19 crisis.

The money has been given to the Slough CVS (Slough Council for Voluntary Service) which works with key organisations to support those most affected during lockdown. It has been donated by the county wide charity Berkshire Community Foundation Coronavirus appeal.

Ramesh Kukar, CEO of Slough CVS said: “We are thrilled to be able to distribute funding to some of the groups that have been supporting the COVID-19 crisis. These groups saw a need and acted straightaway. 100% of the funding we received from BCF will be given to these groups to enable them to continue this essential work.”

They are: Colnbrook Cares, Haymill Support Group, Pakistani Welfare Association, Sewa Day, Slough Islamic Trust, Slough Modest Sisters and Upton Court Support Group.

Roshtha and Sima from Slough Modest Sisters - a community group for women and their families in Slough, said: “It is wonderful to know that our work has been recognised and appreciated. It has been a humbling experience; very tough and challenging at times but very rewarding. The funds will help us immensely to re-build and continue to support the community.”

Suhas Madhekar, from Slough supporters of Sewa Day - the international day of volunteering - said, “This is fantastic news which facilitates us to enhance and deliver on our commitments to Slough.”

Jamie Green, chairman of Slough CVS said, “We know that there are many other groups in Slough that need funding and for that reason we have set up the Slough Giving – Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund. We’re asking you the public and businesses to donate to this fund, all of which will be used by community groups, charities and not-for-profit initiatives, who are supporting the many vulnerable people in Slough.”

For more information about the Slough Giving – Covid-19 Response and Recovery Fund and to donate, visit: www.sloughcvs.org/donate