A Stoke-on-Trent based charity that provides support to local people has been awarded a £1500 grant to help it continue its services during the pandemic.
The Hubb Foundation received the funding after its local MP, Jonathan Gullis, nominated it for a cash award from Western Power Distribution’s (WPD’s) ‘In This Together – Community Matters Fund’.
The fund was established by the local electricity distributor at the start of lockdown to support grass root organisations in delivering care to vulnerable people and families. It initially supported over 300 organisations with £500,000 funding. As the lockdown lifted, WPD extended its support by a further £250,000 and offered MPs the opportunity to put forward a community group or charity for a grant to help towards its work during these challenging times.
Jonathan MP for Stoke-on-Trent North, Kidsgrove and Talke said: “I’ve worked alongside the Hubb Foundation throughout the Cornavirus, helping with deliveries of over 150,000 food parcels to our vulnerable families. I decided to nominate them for Western Power Distribution’s In This Together – Community Matters Fund as they had worked tirelessly during the Covid-19 pandemic. They are a great organisation and have consistently helped the local community. I’m glad they received the £1500 grant.
Alison Sleightholm, WPD’s Resources & External Affairs Director, said: “Throughout this crisis we have worked tirelessly to support our local communities and keep the energy flowing to our 7.9 million customers. The crisis is far from over and as we enter the next phase of the UK’s response to the pandemic, we’re delighted that 92 MPs in our regions have nominated deserving causes for up to £1,500 of funding.
“We’re proud that, so far, we have been able to fund over 450 charities and groups within our area. Through the extension of our fund and with the fantastic support of our MPs, we’re able to support even more organisations doing valuable community work.”