We are helping local communities cope with Coronavirus:

The Grosvenor Estate is helping businesses, families and the most vulnerable in society manage the impact of Coronavirus through different forms of assistance within the communities we are part of.

  • £250,000 has gone to the Cheshire West and Cheshire Council’s Community Response Fund, making a total of £500,000 available to support local community initiatives. More than 1,500 residents have already pledged their support for the coordinated community response, which is being organised by the Council, Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) and the rest of the community and voluntary sector. Councillor Carol Gahan, Cabinet Member for Finance, said: “We’d like to thank the Westminster Foundation for its donation towards our Community Response Fund. An extra £250,000 make a significant difference to these community initiatives.”

  • A foodbank supporting families in need in the north west Highlands that was established thanks to a £13,000 grant from the Westminster Foundation – which represents the charitable activity of The Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor businesses – received a further boost after a freezer full of venison was donated by the Reay Forest Estate, part of the Grosvenor Estate. Recognising the huge impact that the Coronavirus pandemic was going to have on the rural economy and communities in the region, Durness and Kinlochbervie Church of Scotland established the Storehouse foodbank in the church hall. Andrea Boyes, Minister at Durness and Kinlochbervie Church of Scotland, said: “There are so many people who have lost their jobs, businesses and livelihoods in our communities. The Westminster Foundation gave us a grant which will fund the foodbank for the next six months. It’s amazing. The Grosvenor Estate has blessed us.”

  • The Eaton Estate's Building Services Team have responded to an appeal launched by the UK construction sector to provide personal protective equipment (PPE) to the NHS. Joby Howard, Director of Building Services, said: “Through a scheme established by leaders in the UK construction sector to support the provision of much needed PPE to the NHS, we have registered the availability of PPE that is held in stock for normal day to day use in BST’s activities. Retaining enough to ensure adequate PPE for employees when attending emergency call outs to tenanted properties during Covid-19, the BST have made available 30 pairs of eye protection, 20 paper overalls, 1,500 nitrile gloves, 120 face masks.” The appeal is aiming to gather and distribute donated PPE either by organisations and businesses or through purchasing PPE from the construction sector, seeking financial support through its JustGiving page.

  • £108,000 has been made available to the Blacon Action Team (Blacon Community Store and Blacon Pantry working in conjunction with the local councillor and schools) towards feeding approximately 600 struggling families over the coming months.  They are supporting families whose children normally receive free school meals and others identified as needing support. 

  • £20,000 in emergency support funding to the Cheshire Community Foundation’s Cheshire and Warrington Response Appeal.