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SVP thanks Council for £3,000 Emergency Community Support Funding

St Vincent de Paul (SVP) Cookstown has thanked Mid Ulster District Council for awarding them significant funding through its Emergency Community Support Fund, which allowed the charity to distribute more essential PPE items throughout the community.
The local charity was awarded £3,000 through the support fund allowing them to continue their COVID-19 emergency response in the community.

The extra funding has enabled them to continue to supply frontline workers with essential PPE equipment and allowed them to extend the provision of PPE equipment to local nursing and care homes which have also been highlighted as being in the vulnerable category.

The funding has resulted in the distribution of PPE supplies to numerous facilities and charitable organisations including, Mid Ulster Hospital’s COVID Ward, Fairfields Care Home, Moneymore Care Home, Weavers Court Care Home, Westlands Centre, Drapersfield Care Home, Ballyronan Support Group, the Council’s food parcel scheme, Maghera Cross Community Link Food Bank and Energy Mind & Body Food Bank, Cookstown. Each received an extra 50 bottles of hand sanitiser,100 gloves and 200 masks.

This latest community effort follows the charity having already secured 12,000 face masks, 14,000 gloves and 5,000 bottles of hand sanitiser for distribution among local community groups.

Chair of Mid Ulster District Council, Councillor Martin Kearney, again praised SVP for their community efforts saying,

The charitable work of St Vincent de Paul has already made such a huge difference in the local community through their generous donation of thousands of items of vital and life-saving PPE equipment. I am delighted that through the Council’s Emergency Community Support Fund the charity was able to avail of extra funding which allowed them to continue this great effort even further. Well done to everyone involved including our own staff who have assisted them in this great work.

 Paul Byrne, Chair of the SVP Shop committee added, “Our PPE project was established to meet the desperate need in our community for quality PPE equipment. The additional funding from Mid Ulster District Council has allowed us to reach out across Mid Ulster to help protect the vulnerable, elderly and those in the front line in the fight against COVID-19. We sourced the equipment globally in challenging markets.”
Find out more about the Council’s Emergency Community Support Fund at this time.

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