We are extremely proud to have been a part of the Manx Solidarity Fund since day one, having been approached by Paul Hotchkiss to see if we would be interested in becoming trustees of the charity. The objectives of the charity is to help those in the Isle of Man Community who have been directly affected by Covid-19 and a full board of trustees from across various sectors within the community was pulled together to ensure that the charity could run fully operational and react quickly to the impact that Covid-19 was having, and still continues to have, on our community.
Basil Bielich and Martin Hall, who are both directors at Peregrine, were absolutely delighted to help set up the charity and have enjoyed being involved in all of the work that has been achieved thus far. During lockdown, they met virtually each week with their fellow trustees, where responsibility was assigned to each person and a plan of action for the charity was established.
The charity has so far, with thanks to the generosity of the Manx people, raised over £650,000. This has been achieved by receiving donations from the Manx public and corporate donations, but also through a variety of fundraising events. The most prominent event being when runner Christian Varley ran a staggering 19 marathons in 19 days, where he raised over £100,000. The news of his fantastic achievement was publicised all around the World.
“The review process for each application is robust and ensures those most in need are helped - the feedback from those who have received financial help has been over-whelming,” said Basil. “Everyone has been so grateful for the contribution they have received.”
“I’m pleased that we have been able to be a part of the Manx Solidarity Fund,” said Martin. “This experience is so humbling and has put a lot of things into perspective. The Island’s Community is amazing and without their generosity and support for their fellow neighbours, we wouldn’t have been able to do it without them.”
The Manx Solidarity Fund will continue to support those who have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic and the board of trustees urge those who need help to get in touch. You can find all the information about applying on the charity’s website: https://www.manxsolidarityfund.com/apply.
Martin Hall (left) and Basil Bielich (right)
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