A MAJOR donation has been made to the Trafford Crisis Fund by a legal outfit.

The Addleshaw Goddard Charitable Trust has handed over £10,000 to the fund, which supports the borough's six community response hubs.

Hubs are helping residents with food supplies, medical provision and isolation.

Funding has come from the council, voluntary groups and Trafford Housing Trust, with the fund taking donations.

Bruce Lightbody, an Addleshaw Goddard trustee, said: "We felt it important during this difficult time that we offer as much help as possible to those in need."

Based in Old Trafford, Stretford, Partington, Urmston, Sale and Altrincham, the Community Response Hubs were set up at the start of the lockdown to ensure that support was available to anyone isolated or vulnerable in the community, and currently provide anything from food parcels to wellbeing calls.

Aileen Edmunds, development head at Trafford Housing Trust, added: “We would like thank the Addleshaw Goddard Charitable Trust for their generous donation, which will provide funding for those small, local organisations and their staff that are making such a huge difference in the borough.

“This donation will help to buy food parcels, nappies, petrol and other essentials, as well as supporting organisations that offer help and counselling for the homeless, people suffering with mental health issues or the victims of domestic abuse.

"We would also encourage like-minded businesses to join the Addleshaw Goddard Charitable Trust in contributing to this incredibly important resource, as we move towards our target of raising £250,000 to support the most vulnerable Trafford residents.”

Cllr Andrew Western, leader of Trafford Council, said: "Our community response hubs have been a lifeline to numerous people over the past three months, and we salute the way charities and voluntary organisations have worked so effectively with the council to support our residents at a time of great need.

“Unfortunately, the need is not diminishing and the services the hubs provide require ongoing funding.

"We’re incredibly grateful to the Addleshaw Goddard Charitable Trust for this very generous donation, which will make a real difference to many people across the borough.”

Donations can be made to the Trafford Crisis Fund. For more information e-mail aileen.edmunds@traffordhousingtrust.co.uk