Coronavirus: London City Airport donates £12,500 to Tower Hamlets foodbanks
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London City Airport (LCA) is donating £12,500 to support four foodbanks in the borough during the coronavirus crisis.
The funds will be shared by the Bow, Bethnal Green and Mile End foodbanks and the First Love Foundation, as part of a £50,000 donation by the airport to nine foodbanks across east London.
Foodbanks are playing a critical role in getting essential supplies to vulnerable people and families impacted by the pandemic, which, along with schools and other services being closed, has created unprecedented demand.
The donations will allow organisations like the First Love Foundation to deliver food door-to-door and offer advice and support by phone to vulnerable, deprived people within the borough.
LCA chief executive Robert Sinclair said: “East London is renowned for its resilience and the efforts by the men and women in local foodbanks is truly superhuman and inspiring.
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“They represent the best of our community and I am proud that the airport, even in a small way, will be able to help individuals and families receive support.”
LCA announced on March 25 that it was suspending all commercial and private flights, with a decision on re-opening to be informed by government advice and communication with its airlines.
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The airport, which is one mile from the NHS Nightingale, remains available to support emergency services and military in the national relief effort.
Minister for Aviation Kelly Tolhurst said: “London City Airport’s act of kindness shows that, despite the considerable challenges facing the aviation sector right now, businesses and those working in aviation are still supporting their local communities.”
LCA established a community fund last year to donate £75,000 annually to groups in east London.
Given the severe impact of coronavirus, that amount has been increased this year with £50,000 made available immediately for foodbanks in Tower Hamlets, Newham, Barking and Dagenham, and Greenwich.
The extra funds mean LCA will have provided more than £165,000 in grants over the past year.