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PA donates £10,000 to oneRichmond in support of local charities

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PA Housing has donated £10,000 to 'oneRichmond’s Covid-19 Appeal' to support local charities in the London Borough of Richmond upon Thames to provide essential services to those most affected by the Covid-19 crisis.

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Launched by independent grant-making charities Hampton Fund (HF) and RPLC, oneRichmond aims to significantly increase the resources available in the borough to address disadvantage.  The Covid-19 Appeal will support charities helping carers, isolated older people, children with disabilities, families struggling financially, and individuals who are experiencing poor mental health. 

These local charities are currently experiencing a rise in demand for their services, while also dealing with a loss of income due to their usual fundraising activities being put on hold due to the pandemic.

HF and RPLC are doubling all contributions of up to £100k, so PA's £10k donation will result in a £20k influx in financial support. In total, the oneRichmond campaign aims to raise £200k.

Ian Watt, Executive Director of Assets at PA Housing, said:

We hope PA's contribution will make a very significant difference in helping the most disadvantaged in Richmond, a number of whom will be PA residents."

David White, Director at Hampton Fund (HF), said:

Thank you to PA for this generous donation. As the oneRichmond campaign continues, we hope to work closely with PA colleagues who have useful insight into communities in our borough. This really is a time for us all to put our heads together and do what we can to ensure individuals who need support are able to access it."

'On The Edge' research commissioned by HF and RPLC recently concluded that the perception of Richmond as a wealthy place can make it difficult to communicate the high levels of need that exist in the borough. 

"There are many people living on the edge in Richmond but advocating their needs and accessing support is challenging," states the report. 

"Need spans all ages and socio-economic groups. Richmond is a very popular place to live, it attracts wealth and has a buoyant housing market. But this impacts on the cost of living for people on low incomes, such as the elderly, disabled and young people."

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