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Manchester Evening News Covaid fundraiser hits £20k

Posted on: May 12, 2020 by Mariella Brown

A campaign orchestrated by the Manchester Evening News to assist local residents hit by the coronavirus crisis has crossed the £20k threshold this morning (May 12).

Responding to the milestone, the paper’s editor Darren Thwaites praised the spirit of the city and its reputation for supporting the less fortunate.

The Covaid appeal was launched on the front page of the Manchester Evening News last month, with the joint support of Greater Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham. It pledged to ‘make a real difference’ to the lives of the vulnerable.

Darren Thwaites, editor of the MEN told the SoE: “Every penny will go to help the most vulnerable people in Greater Manchester. Just £15 pays for a basic family food package for those in need.

“Our city has always had a reputation for supporting people in less fortunate circumstances and this is another fine example.

“We’re delighted readers have given so generously and we’d like to be able to raise even more over the next several weeks with their support.”

The mayor of Greater Manchester’s charity has been managing the funds to help existing local charities and voluntary schemes buy basic items, food and toiletries for those deeply under strain from the pandemic.

To find out more and donate – click here.