An amazing array of support
The rector and churchwardens are the Trustees of Reepham Church Charities which includes a plot of land, currently leased to Reepham Town Council for allotments, but also funds accumulated from rents which are to be used specifically for ‘the relief of the poor of Reepham’.
It is these funds that we were able to use to help those in urgent financial need as businesses closed and workers were laid off before the furlough scheme was launched at the beginning of the first coronavirus lockdown. Grants were advertised for those living in Reepham who were suffering financial hardship, through the church communication channels, the Reepham Life Website and the Reepham Good Neighbours Facebook page. There were not as many applications as the Trustees had envisaged but other ways of supporting our community surfaced as time went on.
When the children returned to school in the summer, it was found that there was a considerable need for counselling of pupils at Reepham High School, but space was in short supply. An old mobile classroom was available to be converted to two counselling rooms but the school needed help with funding. Reepham Church Charities and Reepham Rotary Club were able to assist and both rooms were in full use before Christmas. During the third lockdown the charity was able to buy four new laptops for the High School to lend to pupils in need studying at home.
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