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Solidarity Takeaway Success

Our incredible team of fundraising chefs fed 106 people with a delicious takeaway dinner last Friday night. They raised £925 for Mach Corona Solidarity Fund, which will all go to funding small grants of up to £100 to individuals in the Machynlleth area facing hardship due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The meal included lentil, spinach and aubergine stew, chickpea and vegetable koftas and cardamon and coffee brownies. “Absolutely delicious!” said Ant, a customer and supporter of the takeaway.

The volunteers used the kitchen at the Braich Goch in Corris, which has been running a food justice project throughout the Covid-19 pandemic. Dioch yn fawr iawn to the Braich Goch team for making their kitchen available to Mach Solidarity Fund volunteers.

Would you like to use your time and skills to fundraise for Mach Solidarity Fund and help us to continue to support people in our community? Get in touch! 

Our first few months

Huge thanks to everyone who has supported us these first few months of the fund.

We wanted to update you on our activities during this time.

We started in May 2020 so have been running for four months. We are a grass-roots group run by four/five volunteers.

Fundraising

  • So far we’ve raised over £6000 from individual donations and business sponsorship – thank you so much for all you’ve given! If you’d like to donate you can do that here.
  • Hannah and Elena organised a brilliant online party where they got lots of folks to donate.

Grantmaking & more

  • So far we’ve made 25 grants of around £100 each to individuals and families in the Machynlleth area.
  • We’re also now organising free veg bags from Planna Fwyd for those who want them.
  • We’re keeping anonymised notes on how people are doing in our area and finding a wide range of issues, though issues with Universal Credit and other benefits are a common problem, as is work loss as a result of covid/lockdown.
  • We’ve also had applications from outside the Machynlleth area and have helped these people find support in their local areas.

Other

  • We are working to become a constituted community group, which would give us more legitimacy when working with other organisations and accepting donatons.
  • We are reaching out to other organisations to share publicity/outreach work and so that we can reach those most in need and make referrals where appropriate.