Surrey Coronavirus Response Funding campaign backed by SurreyLive

31st March 2020

SurreyLive and its associated newspapers will help spread the word about our emergency fund to reliably inform those who need support and those who want to donate.

Since our urgent appeal launched on 26th March, we have seen the very best of our community come together to raise more than £350,000 in aid of Surrey’s most vulnerable residents. Our most recent support comes from SurreyLive’s backing of the emergency fund. Their support means important updates and progress will be reliably and widely shared in our community.

Charities and organisations in Surrey still face a number of challenges during the unprecedented times that the coronavirus brings. Laura Thurlow, Chief Executive of the Foundation said, “It’s important that, together, we help them through this critical time so they can continue to support Surrey residents. Having the backing of SurreyLive, who is a pivotal player in Surrey’s information sharing, will help ensure that those who need the support know it is there, and that those who want to help know how.”

The more widely information about this emergency funding is shared, the more this fund can grow. Laura added: “We have already seen a rise in donations just over the weekend (£9000) – with the backing of SurreyLive we look forward to keeping everyone up to date on our progress and the positive work being done because of their generous support.”

Richard Duggan, acting brands editor at SurreyLive, said: “SurreyLive’s decision to back the CFS campaign came from our desire to help those in our community who are in desperate need during these very troubling and worrying times.”

Volunteers and community groups play a vital role and are a lifeline to many. Their resolve has been an inspiration and working closely with SurreyLive we will be sure the community shares in our encouraging updates.

Richard added: “We are the county’s leading news publisher and have a responsibility not just to report on local news but to highlight the amazing work being done to help the most vulnerable in our community. Our team live and work in Surrey; we’re invested in the county not just professionally but personally too.”

How can charities and organisations apply for the funding?

Grants are available now with priority given to organisations providing support to the most vulnerable and isolated, including older people, those with disabilities and/or mental health needs and families in need. Charities and organisations in need of support are encouraged to read the eligibility guidelines and apply online here.

Applications can be made either by filling out a short online form or by selecting a time for a telephone interview with a CFS volunteer.

How can I give a donation?

 We are able to receive donations via Virgin Money Giving and by direct bank transfer.

If you would like to donate via bank transfer, please contact Laura Thurlow on 01483 478086 or email