As well as the profound health implications of the Covid-19 Pandemic Crisis, there has also been an economic impact, the combined effect being that some Sheringham residents may be unable to access cash, cash points, banks or post office accounts for a significant period of time. Some residents ‘shielding’ or self-isolating may now need a new means to use or to pass to volunteers such that basic provisions can be purchased. Recognising this need, Sheringham Town Council (STC) has agreed to establish a Covid-19 Relief Fund.
In summary, a phone call to STC (01263 822213 or 07423 677192) will start an application to the Fund that, if successful would make available to a Sheringham resident – possibly in self-isolation with restricted access to cash and limited ability to purchase vital essentials – either a £50 or £100 Tesco/Sainsbury card for in-store shopping. It is estimated the fund has the potential to support between 100 and 200 successful applications.
This is not something STC would normally undertake, but like some other Town Councils, STC has agreed at this exceptional time the fund could offer some very necessary support. However, it must be recognised that the fund is drawn by STC from the public purse and as such there has to be an understanding the full value of the card has to be repaid. Any ineligible or unsuccessful applications for this Fund will be directed by STC to the NNDC Hub who will be well placed to give further guidance on other possible sources of support.
STC prides itself on maintaining a positive relationship with Sheringham’s independent traders, but for this fund with its limited resources to work, we have had to limit the scope at this time to Tesco and Sainsbury’s.