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NEIL Hamilton, MS for Mid & West Wales, and Leader of UKIP Wales is urging charities and bodies affected by the coronavirus pandemic to apply for support from a £50,000 community fund.

Mr Hamilton is supporting an initiative by energy supplier, Wales & West Utilities who have launched the Safe and Warm Fund to help communities affected by the outbreak with essential funding.

He said:

“We are living through very challenging times and I welcome any schemes which offer financial help to those affected by Covid–19.

“The Safe and Warm Fund has been set up in response to the crisis and I am pleased to support such a worthwhile initiative and help to spread the word.

“Wales & West Utilities, who provide a gas emergency and pipeline service to 7.5 million people across the south west of England and Wales, deserve our thanks for launching this as many people will benefit from their generosity.

“I would urge any organisation which thinks it might be eligible to make sure they apply for the funding.”

Wales and West Utilities has been working hard throughout the pandemic to make sure people are kept safe and warm in their homes and has opened the fund to help others do the same.

Organisations and charities can apply for funding between £500 and £5,000. Applicants are encouraged to give details about how the funding will help extend its support to those most in need.

Wales & West Utilities Chief Executive, Graham Edwards, said: “I’m delighted to launch the Safe and Warm Fund.

This £50,000 will help directly support organisations working in communities, targeting support at those who need it most.

“We’re now encouraging organisations across the area – from food banks to energy efficiency organisations, domestic abuse charities to community transport. Put simply, we want to support those on the frontline and help the most vulnerable people in the community stay safe and warm.

“One of the most optimistic elements of this pandemic has been seeing the way in which communities have pulled together to support one another and we are hoping that this money will go some way to extending that support.”

Applications will be assessed by a panel consisting of representatives from Wales & West Utilities. For more information go to www.wwutilities.co.uk/SafeandWarm. The closing date for applications is July 6 2020.

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