Sussex Police gives £60,000 to good causes during Covid-19 lockdown
Sussex Police has given more than £60,000 to charities and good causes in the county during the Covid-19 lockdown.
The money has come from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF) - a pot of money made up from the sale of found property and from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold.
The main aim of the fund is to support local projects undertaken by voluntary and charitable organisations that solely benefit the communities of Sussex.
Since April 13, Sussex Police has dished out £60,000 to 78 groups that have been providing support for people during the coronavirus pandemic.
One of those to benefit is Brighton-based Volunteering Matters, which has been supporting the elderly community during lockdown by doing their shopping and keeping them entertained.
The group, which received a £1,000 grant from Sussex Police, also runs regular sing-along sessions which have been described as 'the highlight of the week' and 'an escape from day-to-day life' by those who take part.
Other donations made by Sussex Police include £1,000 to Whitehawk Food Bank; £1,000 to St Wilfrid's Hospice in Eastbourne; £1,000 to Sussex Homeless Support; and £5,000 to FareShare, which fights hunger and food waste by redistributing surplus food to frontline charities.
St Peters Church in Brighton has also received £2,000 from the force, while £1,500 was given to the Matthew 25 Mission supporting vulnerable adults in Eastbourne.
Grants of £1,000 were also given to Fare Divide in West Sussex, which runs community fridges in a bid to save food from landfill and improve access to food for the community, and Heads On, a Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust charity supporting those with mental health issues.
Smaller donations of £500 were given to #NHSAngels and Heroes, an organisation making scrubs for NHS doctors and nurses; Lewes Coronavirus Volunteers at Trinity Church Lewes; Mid Sussex Voluntary Action; Friends, Families & Travellers; and Stonepillow, which supports the homeless and rough sleepers in Arun and Chichester.
Grants of just under £500 have been handed out to the Brighton Interfaith Contact Group, and The Hangleton & Knoll Project.
Inspector Adele Tucknott said: "There are so many wonderful charities, organisations and community groups in Sussex that have gone the extra mile to help others during the coronavirus pandemic.
"That support ranges from providing food parcels and clothing, to emotional support and keeping people entertained in an effort to tackle loneliness during lockdown.
"We are delighted to be able to give out these grants to help these kind-hearted volunteers help others, including some of the most vulnerable in our communities, at this most difficult and unusual of times."
A large portion of the money in the Police Property Act Fund comes from the Sussex Police eBay Store, which opened in October 2015 and has now sold more than 30,000 items, generating sales of over £925,000.
The online store has a mixture of new and used items, and tries to sell as much as possible to avoid potentially reusable items going to landfill.
Items commonly sold include everything from video games consoles, bikes, tools and laptops to clothing, jewellery, cosmetics and perfumes.
The most expensive items ever sold on the page was a vintage gold Rolex Oyster Precision watch, which sold for £8,100 back in 2018.
A very popular item recently has been a range of new large jar Yankee Candles - of which the force originally had 300 to sell. Some still remain available for a fixed price of £19.99.
To view the Sussex Police eBay Store,
To find about more about the Police Property Act Fund, or to make an application for funds, visit https://www.sussex.police.uk/police-forces/sussex-police/areas/au/about-us/charity-and-community/police-property-act-fund-ppaf/.
Sussex Police focus remains on core policing services
Police across Sussex will focus on their core role of preventing and detecting crime and protecting the most vulnerable, as people enjoy new freedom to spend more time outside.
Changes were made by the Government earlier this week to moderate stringent lockdown rules, in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus, protect the NHS and save lives.
People can now spend as much time outside as they wish for activities and can travel for activity as long as they do not stay overnight.
Some rules remain in place however, for example to prevent large gatherings or people travelling for holiday purposes or to stay in second homes.
Assistant Chief Constable Dave Miller said: “The policing role in Sussex has never changed.
“We are here to prevent, investigate and detect crime and to keep people safe, and this is evidenced in the on-going efforts of police officers and staff to proactively tackle crime, take criminals off the streets and provide support to victims that need our help.
“The policing role has never been to enforce social distancing – that is a matter of personal responsibility, and we have been encouraged by the vast majority of people adhering to this.
“In this new phase, the police will support partner agencies to deter and deal with clear breaches of the new rules, such as people gathering in groups, but very much with our existing approach of engaging, explaining and encouraging first and using enforcement as a last resort.
“We are all in this together, we want to prevent a second spike in the infection, and so, above all, we urge people to follow the new guidance for their own benefit and to prevent harm to others.”
Figures released on Friday 15 May showed that 655 fines were issued to people who breached the lockdown rules between 27 March to 11 May inclusive.
Of these, 297 fines were issued in the past two weeks - the vast majority of which were over the hot early May bank holiday weekend, when Sussex saw an influx of visitors from outside the county which was, at that time, against government regulations.
Officers and PCSOs will continue to patrol in local communities and hot spot areas on the coast and at local beauty spots, as well as identifying and enforcing criminal activity on the roads network.
Sussex Police has seen an increase in reports of criminal activity from the public and encourages people to report suspicious or unusual behaviour.
While we are not seeing a rise in domestic abuse reports to us, we are receiving more calls to domestic incidents such as arguing. We continue to work with support services to ensure that we are able to respond and support people if they call and need help. Those people subject to violence or coercion behind closed doors, children vulnerable to online abuse; people vulnerable to exploitation should be in no doubt – we continue to be there for you.
Contact us and we will be there.
For information on how to report a breach of the regulations, see here.
For the latest government guidance on coronavirus, see here.
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