Our community funds have committed to continuing to support the communities that neighbour our renewable energy projects during these unprecedented times. Some of our community funds have opened COVID 19 immediate response funds and others have prioritised COVID 19 related applications.
Their aim has been to respond to urgent requests for funding as well as supporting organisations already in receipt of grants by taking a flexible approach should their plans need to change a result of COVID 19.
Thanks to those measures we have seen these funds making a positive impact on the fight back against COVID-19 across the whole of the UK. From getting food and financial support to those who needed it most, to supporting community facilities and projects that have lost income and resources.
We were particularly proud to see these funds being used to aid the NHS as they led the fight against COVID 19 on the front line. £60,000 from our Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm went towards an innovative 3D printing project that supplied a local hospital with vital PPE supplies. This includes protective clothing, visors and even ventilator parts, all of which were produced by the 15 new 3D printers the funding went towards. Once the crisis has passed the printers will be donated to local schools to ensure their lasting legacy.
Just as important was making sure that NHS staff were cared for. Which is why it was heart-warming to see a donation from our Gwynt y Môr Offshore Wind Farm, alongside funding from the Stephen Morgan Foundation, go towards a project which aimed to provide 12,500 nutritious meals to frontline staff working at local ICU and A&E departments. The project was thanks to a unique partnership between the private sector, Dylans, a North Wales restaurant chain, and Crest Cooperative, a local social enterprise and demonstrates how people from all areas of society have come together to help in the fight against COVID 19.