One major concern when Bevy Meals on Wheels was launched was funding, we knew that there would be a massive need to get food to vulnerable people and combat social isolation but weren’t sure where the funds would be coming from. Our first step was to set up a donate option on the website. It has been extraordinary to see the generosity of so many people, and we would like to thank more than 65 people who have already used their hard earned money to support this cause.
We also immediately contacted Foundations and other groups who have supported us the past. Chalk Cliff Trust were first out of the gate. It’s such a boost for morale when a funder turns around money in less than 24 hours.
Our landlord, the East Brighton Trust have been a major supporter of the Bevy project since the beginning and again we are very grateful for their funds both for us and the wider East Brighton Community in this challenging time.
We also were able to apply for emergency funds offered by Sussex Community Foundation. The fact that they were able to get this up and running so quickly is a tribute to how seriously they have taken this emergency and Community Foundations across the country are going to have a major role to play in ensuring that voluntary sector orgs from charities to socially focussed orgs like the Bevy can survive and carry on making an impact.
It has been fantastic to see local groups stepping up to the plate with new supporters such as the Lions, Rotary Club and now the Masons all contributing generously. As well as established supporters like Andrew Goodall and the Homity Trust.
The funds from all these different and varied groups have now contributed to more than 350 meals being distributed with love to the most vulnerable people in our community. We intend to be here for the long haul and to expand to as many people as possible, so further donations would be massively appreciated. www.thebevy.co.