Isle of Wight charity Pan Together – which exists to support and provide a community hub for the residents of East Newport - has received a grant of £500 from the TK Maxx and Homesense Foundation’s Community Fund programme to support its ongoing efforts to provide lifeline support services to vulnerable local residents.
The Community Fund, which is part of the TK Maxx and Homesense Foundation, focuses on creating life-changing impacts through long-term partnerships to help make a difference where it matters. The initiative invites associates - employees working for either TK Maxx or Homesense - to apply for a grant on behalf of a local charity that is important to them within the local area.
These funds will make a difference and help continue Pan Together’s work with the many people in its local community who face multiple challenges and are amongst the most vulnerable and marginalised people in society.
The grant was applied for by an associate from TK Maxx’s Newport store who recognised the support the charity has provided since Pan Together's trustees took the swift decision to close Downside Community Centre and the Isobel Cafe to help reduce all but essential contact back in March due to the coronavirus pandemic.
Rachel Thomson, Pan Together’s Community Centre Manager, said:
“On behalf of all the residents we’ve supported in these most challenging times, I want to thank everyone at The TK Maxx and Homesense Foundation for such a generous donation, which will be invaluable to the local area and will really make a difference to many people’s lives.
“Although the community centre and cafe reopened to visitors on September 1, we are continuing to provide lifeline support services to our local community – hot lunch deliveries each weekday, essential shopping and prescription collections/deliveries. Fundi
Since the Community Fund started in 2015, over £1.5 million has been donated to various local charities across Europe.