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Mayor announces launch of Kick-Out Covid Fund

Eastbourne's Mayor Cllr Steve Wallis has launched an appeal to support the town's fight back against the coronavirus pandemic.

The Kick-Out Covid appeal will raise funds to support the council's ground breaking efforts to care for the vulnerable and elderly and allocate small grants to entrepreneurs looking to help the government's call for help with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).

The Mayor, Council Leader Cllr David Tutt and Eastbourne and Willingdon MP Caroline Ansell are working together to help get the fund up and running. They have each made a donation and are now encouraging others to dig deep, if they are in a financial position to do so.

Mayor Steve Wallis praised key workers, the council, volunteers, local businesses and the wider community for coming together in the town's hour of need. He said: "Whilst this is a global issue, we are seeing the very real consequences on a daily basis in our own town. We must support the fight at local level and identify ways we can make a difference."

Council Leader David Tutt, who chairs a weekly video call with all groups involved with the rapid response, said he was looking at how home-grown entrepreneurs were exploring ideas to help tackle the virus.

"Earlier this week, I was talking to a local businessman who has a number of 3D printers capable of producing protective equipment," Cllr Tutt explained. "Talks are taking place with local NHS providers to see if they could be of assistance."

Caroline Ansell MP, who has been involved with the battle against the pandemic from the start, both at Westminster and in her home town of Eastbourne, added: "Our local fundraising will allow us to support initiatives to tackle elements of the fight back and to ensure our community gets our love and care at this critical time.

"There are many areas of immediate support needed. It's a big job, but together we can kick-out Covid and get back to normality."

If you would like to donate to the appeal, please go to www.gofundme.com/kickout-covid-eastbourne

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