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Coronavirus has challenged the whole nation, causing fear, grief, panic and disruption to the way each one of us goes about our daily lives. The National Emergencies Trust (NET) has partnered with HIWCF to award West Wight Sports & Community Centre a grant of £10,000 to help those most affected by the crisis.

Thanks to the grant, more than 500 vulnerable people in the west of the Isle of Wight will continue to receive essential help from the West Wight Coronavirus Support Hub.

The hub is managed by a team consisting of representatives from local churches, staff and volunteers from West Wight Sports and Community Centre (WWSCC) and Freshwater Parish Council. It operates from WWSCC and the grant will ensure the service can continue when the Centre re-opens as a sports centre.

The hub co-ordinates 310 volunteers, whose roles include:

  • Delivering prescriptions;
  • Providing a shopping service;
  • Relieving loneliness through regular phone calls;
  • Providing a helpline for practical problems, such as appliance repairs;
  • Cooking and delivering hot lunches; and
  • Sewing scrubs for care homes and face masks for members of the public.

Clare Griffin, manager of WWSCC, said: “Thank you very much to NET and HIWCF for providing this funding, which is essential to ensure that we are able to carry out our services/project and make a real difference to people’s lives.

Jonathan Cheshire OBE, HIWCF Chairman commented “We are delighted to be able to support WWSCC in their work to help those in need in the local community. Local charities, community groups and voluntary organisations are providing a lifeline to those less fortunate, and it is heartening to see that these organisations can react so quickly and be so resourceful in the face of the coronavirus pandemic. The vital services that these organisations provide are more crucial now than ever before but are under threat more than at any other time. HIWCF is continuing to raise funding for charities across our region, for which donations can be made to the ‘We’re All Together’ Fund: ”.    



About Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation


The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. HIWCF’s in-depth knowledge of local needs and priorities means grants can quickly be distributed across the region to reach the most vulnerable. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: or email HIWCF at

Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462


National Emergencies Trust