A LOCAL charity has been given a welcome cash boost amid the coronavirus crisis.

The Miners Lamp Cafe and Community Hub, which supports vulnerable individuals and families, has been awarded over £25,000 in grant funding to support its service.

Donations came from a number of local organisations, including Karbon Homes, Co-op Local Causes and Prudhoe Town Council.

And support from national initiatives, such as the National Lottery Awards for All and Martin Lewis, the Money Saving Expert, has contributed to the sum.

The Independent Food Aid Network and Neighbourly have also sourced PPE for volunteers.

The charity provides a food bank service and pay-as-you-feel market to support those facing food insecurity or suffering a loss of income.

And more recently, a team of dedicated volunteers have been working hard to offer a free hot meal service to residents in Prudhoe and the surrounding Mickley.

More than 90 care packages have been distributed, as well as food parcels on behalf of Age UK.

Trustee Russ Greig said: “We are eternally grateful to every individual and many local businesses who have helped fund-raise or support our efforts, until grant funding became available.

“We do expect that the financial impact of the crisis will affect many people for a considerably longer period of time and would encourage anyone who may be facing food insecurity, either as a direct result of the Covid-19 crisis, or as a result of school closures and difficulty using school food vouchers, to contact us.”

Funding will be used to top-up food supplies, as well as purchasing a van and installing Prudhoe’s first Changing Places accessible toilet in the community hub’s base, in Eastwoods Park, Prudhoe.