Emergency fund donates £30,000 to groups helping battle coronavirus

Monday 20th April 2020

Hafren Dyfrdwy has paid out £30,000 to 10 charity and community groups in Wales as part of its commitment to donate to organisations on the front line of supporting communities through the coronavirus crisis.

The company created the fund to support the charities and community organisations which are making a difference to those most affected by the virus.

Liv Garfield, Hafren Dyfrdwy CEO, said: “Looking after each other is so important right now, and while our workers continue to keep the water flowing for everyone, we wanted to go above and beyond to help those helping others by creating the fund.

“It’s so, so important that everyone does their bit now which is why I’m absolutely delighted we’ve been able to get nearly £30,000 straight to those incredible community groups on the front line, which are helping those who need it most – providing much needed peace of mind and assistance during this uncertain time.”

Among the groups that have benefited in the Hafren Dyfrdwy region, are Age Connects North East Wales, Mid and North Wales Mind, Wrexham Foodbank and Women’s Aid.

“While we don’t know how long we’ll be in this situation, we knew we wanted to support those groups delivering food parcels, making sure families have essentials or supporting the most vulnerable and we’re sure this money will be used extremely where it’s needed the most,” said Liv.

Maria Heron, Deputy CEO, at Age Connects North East Wales: "The current situation with the Covid-19 pandemic is challenging for us all but especially for our older population. With everyone over 70 and/or with an underlying health condition being advised to self isolate, getting vital supplies like shopping and prescription collections is difficult. Age Connects North East Wales is supporting older people in Flintshire and Wrexham with these essential tasks, as well as providing telephone information and advice, and telephone befriending to help reduce the feelings of loneliness and isolation and offer reassurance.“The funding kindly donated by Hafren Dyfrdwy will help our staff and volunteers to continue to support older people during this period and to meet growing demand for these services, thank you. If you or someone you know needs our support please call 08450549969.

"Woman’s Aid CEO, Gaynor McKeown: “We know that lock-down presents everyday difficulties for everyone. The advice from Government is to stay at home, however for those affected by Domestic Abuse staying home does not represent staying safe. This is a time when our services are needed more than ever, and our staff are working as normal to support new and existing clients. Without donations from people like Hafren Dyfrdwy, we would not be able to support so many people in our communities, it is now more than ever that we really appreciate their support. Please get in touch if you or someone you know needs support; we are here to help you during this crisis. More information about how to contact us can be found on our website.”