Eastbourne’s Mayor, Councillor Steve Wallis, has launched an appeal to support the town’s fight back against the Coronavirus pandemic.
The 'Kick-out Covid' aims raise funds to support the council’s ground-breaking efforts to care for the vulnerable and elderly, and allocate small grants to entrepreneurs looking to help the Government’s call for help with Personal Protection Equipment (PPE).
The Mayor, Council Leader and MP are putting politics firmly to one side to help get the fund up and running. They have each made a donation and are now encouraging others to dig deep, if they are in a financial position to do so.
Mayor Steve Wallis praised key workers, the council, volunteers, local businesses and the wider community for coming together in the town’s hour of need. He said: “While this is a global issue, we are seeing the very real consequences on a daily basis in our own town. We must support the fight at a local level and identify ways we can make a difference.”
Please donate here if you have the means to do so. It will make a huge difference: https://www.gofundme.com/f/kickout-covid-eastbourne?utm_source=twitter&utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=m_pd+share-sheet
From Eastbourne Herald:
"Some 814 businesses registered for a business grant in the first few days since the scheme went live and £10.3m released in grants.
The Small Business Grant Fund and Retail, Hospitality and Leisure Grant Fund was announced by the government in response to the acute challenges being faced by businesses at this time.
Eligible businesses will receive £10,000 or £25,000 depending on various criteria.
The initiative went live last Thursday (April 9).
Chamber of Commerce boss Christina Ewbank thanked Eastbourne council staff.
She said, “Unlike other councils which have employed systems of payment that are more reliant on manual checking, Eastbourne and Lewes have an automated process of validation so that eligible businesses will receive what they are due more quickly.
“I’d like to thank council leader David Tutt and the council teams for working such long hours to put everything in place.
“Hundreds of businesses in our town will receive millions of pounds this week and that is great news at a time when we are still in lockdown and could be for several weeks to come.”
Businesses can visit the council website where they can register on a dedicated portal - www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk/businessgrants
When the required information is uploaded, an automated system validates the details and payments to the businesses will soon follow.
David Tutt said, “Considering the challenges our officers had to overcome, not least the continual government changes in the parameters for making these payments, they have worked miracles to get this system in place so soon.
“For employers and their employees this financial support is critically important and I’m delighted it is now available.”
For more information on business support during the coronavirus crisis visit www.lewes-eastbourne.gov.uk
Updates and news are also being posted on Twitter - @LewesDC and @EastbourneBC"
From Eastbourne Herald:
"People taking their daily exercise in the area will notice Eastbourne Town Hall’s clock lit up blue at night as a tribute to keyworkers who continue to courageously look after the town’s residents during the pandemic.
Eastbourne council leader David Tutt said today, “I’m sure everyone has been deeply moved by the dedication and commitment of the NHS and thousands of keyworkers in our town who are working so hard to protect our commuunity.
“Whilst we cannot possibly thank them enough for what they are doing, this gesture is an acknowledgement of their work and a small token of appreciation for their efforts.”
The Town Hall joins various other buildings across the country, such as the Royal Albert Hall in London and the Liver Building in Liverpool, which have been illuminated in a simultaneous display of gratitude for the NHS and keyworkers."
Eastbourne’s Liberal Democrats have launched a new drive, #EBtogether, supporting thousands of vulnerable people across the town through the coronavirus crisis.
#EBtogether’s flagship initiative is the Community Call Centre, which provides telephone support to the elderly, who have been required to self-isolate for 12 weeks to ‘shield’ themselves from the global pandemic.
#EBtogether’s Community Call Centre callers check-in on residents aged 70 and above and signpost them to practical support offered by Eastbourne Borough Council and local voluntary groups, including grocery shopping and prescription pick-up services. The Community Call Centre is operated remotely by the party’s councillors and volunteers.
We've smashed through our target of reaching 1,000 elderly residents across the town, and are now working to provide support to 5,000.
Josh Babarinde, #EBtogether Co-ordinator, said: “With necessary self-isolation measures stepping up, many elderly people without family or internet access find themselves cut off from the support they need. We want every resident of Eastbourne to know that they are not alone. Our Community Call Centre goes back to basics. It connects them with the help they need by telephone.”
The group is appealing to other political parties to replicate #EBtogether’s Community Call Centre model.
Babarinde continued: “There are many more vulnerable people who we just can’t reach alone. That’s why we’re calling on all the political parties in Eastbourne and Willingdon to join us in repurposing political activists into humanitarian volunteers for our town. We’ve got to get all hands on deck”.
Lib Dem Councillor David Tutt and Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council said: “for anyone reading this who needs help, please contact the government helpline if you’ve received a letter from the NHS stating that you’re eligible. If you haven’t received this letter please call Eastbourne Borough Council on 01323 410000 who will alternatively be able to provide support.”
Eastbourne’s former MP Stephen Lloyd has written a letter of thanks to his old constituents and said it was a ‘real privilege’ to serve the town.
"As you’ll know by now I lost the election and will no longer be Eastbourne & Willingdon’s MP. This is hugely disappointing for me not least as the BBC constituency poll on Thursday night put me as likely to retain the seat. But twas not to be.
It has been a real privilege serving you all and our lovely, wonderful, kind and community-focussed town as your member of Parliament.
Every minute of every day was a gift you gave me which I will cherish the memory of for the rest of my life. Thank you.
See you around town my friends.