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John Lyon’s Charity joins forces with charitable foundations to pledge £3.2m support for London’s Community Response Fund

John Lyon’s Charity, along with two other charitable foundations have pledged support for the London Community Response Fund which is coordinated by London Funders. It’s building on the £1m contributed by the Mayor of London and £1m from City of London Corporation’s Charitable Funder, the City Bridge Trust.

John Lyon’s Charity has ring-fenced £500,000 towards the effort joining the £500,000 from Paul Hamlyn Foundation, and £200,000 from the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust bringing the funds to an impressive £3.2 million.

Other similar organisations to John Lyon’s Charity have been working with London Funders to identify the needs of London’s communities, to ensure that resources can flow quickly to those groups who need additional funding – this has included work to focus on the needs of vulnerable groups, children and young people, food, advice, domestic violence, homelessness, arts and culture organisations and more.

John Lyon’s Charity actually began in Harrow and has a very old and distinguished history. John Lyon himself was a yeoman farmer from the village of Preston in Harrow. 

In 1572 he was granted a Royal Charter by Elizabeth I to found a free grammar school for boys: Harrow School. For more information, click here – http://jlc.london/about-us/history/history-of-the-charity/

Further funders are expected to announce their contributions in the coming days. Civil Society Groups within London can apply to this fund for assistance. The fund, which will be coordinated by London Funders, will be available to organisations facing immediate financial pressures and uncertainty because of the cover-19 outbreak.

Dr Lynne Guyton FRSA, CEO at John Lyon’s Charity has said John Lyon’s Charity is committed to helping its grantees and CYP groups through this unprecedented crisis.

“To show our support, we at John Lyon’s Charity are ring-fencing £500,000 to assist groups whose delivery and very existence might be affected at this time. It is our mission to walk alongside our groups and help them through this difficult period in any way we can.”

The funding announced earlier this week follows more than 200 funders signing up to a statement showing their support for the sector at this time.

The statement, coordinated by London Funders, has signatories from across the UK who can all be seen on its website.

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