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The National Emergencies Trust has today launched an appeal to raise funds to help local charities to support those individuals suffering hardship as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.

The National Emergencies Trust will distribute money raised through a number of charitable organisations including local Community Foundations, to ensure it reaches those who need it most. Community Foundations are well placed to support local charities to overcome challenges presented by this ongoing emergency.

Details of the NET fund and criteria for groups to apply for funding will follow in the next few days.

Jayne Woodley, OCF CEO said: “This is such welcome news for our communities. As I am sure you appreciate these are extraordinary times calling for extraordinary responses. As details of the NET fund are worked out, we are also looking at our planned Oxfordshire resilience fund. By pooling resources, we can make a bigger difference. If we respond better, we will recover stronger.”