The trustees of The Bailiff’s COVID-19 Appeal Fund – which totalled £1,201,750 – have agreed who the recipients will be. The fund was set up with the aim of alleviating the effects and consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic on health services and community activities in Jersey.
£346,187 will be granted to Health and Community Services for a mental health project supporting frontline workers, with a further £609,000 having been granted to them for the provision of equipment that will assist frontline staff providing care to patients. An additional £80,000 has been allocated to St John Ambulance to support their operational budget following considerable support provided to the Jersey Ambulance Service during the initial COVID-19 response.
An opportunity for individuals to donate to the disaster fund was established at the height of the pandemic, with a focus on improving the Island’s resilience to the pandemic. Over 150 individuals donated to the fund, and the remaining balance of over £160,000 will be reserved for further applications from organisations in a public sector setting.
The Bailiff, Mr Timothy Le Cocq, says, “I would like to take this opportunity to thank those who donated so generously to the Fund, as well as all officers who have played a role in setting it up and administering it.
“Whilst I believe Jersey is in a very strong position to cope given the new measures in place to address a further wave of COVID-19, it is nonetheless reassuring to see these donations used to provide a support facility for frontline workers in their daily roles.
“I am delighted to see donations going to two excellent and crucial frontline organisations. And I am particularly pleased to see a sum of money being diverted to a mental health project – something that is much needed and can often be missed when supporting staff.”
The organisations are expected to receive the funds by Friday 31 July 2020.
Bailiffs Chambers News Release