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New Aviemore community fund will fight financial difficulty caused by Covid-19

By Alasdair Fraser

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Reverend Charles Finnie, a member of the fund's steering group.
Reverend Charles Finnie, a member of the fund's steering group.

A new fund is being launched in Aviemore to offer help to people facing financial difficulty as a result of the Covid-19 crisis.

Developed by Aviemore and Vicinity Community Council, the plan is to complement existing community responses to the pandemic.

The Community Help Fund, overseen by a local steering group, will seek to mitigate economic harm arising from the lockdown.

A spokesperson for the new steering group said: “We are aware that local people continue to face very difficult circumstances as a result of Covid 19, the lockdown and the resulting economic issues.

“Immediate needs are being met through the Community Food Table, and the most vulnerable residents receive assistance and local support.

“But as the crisis progresses, it is clear that direct financial help will be required in some cases.

“This may be to cover rent or household bills, or perhaps for additional food or other services.”

The fund will serve all residents in the PH22 postcode area.

Donations can be made to a designated bank account, with the fund accessible through a specially set up helpline on 01479 722105.

The number will be live from Monday June 29, with calls treated in strict confidence and answered by steering group members Kathleen Cameron, Beth Hay, Donna Shaw, Rev Charles Finnie and Peter Long.

Those wishing to donate to the fund to help alleviate hardship locally can do so through the AVCC account Sort Code 831648, account no 10928577 or by contacting the helpline number.

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