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A charity providing vital support to the NHS as it battles the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been given a £20,000 cash boost. The City of London Corporation has donated the money to St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading health and first aid charity, to help its...

A charity providing vital support to the NHS as it battles the effects of the coronavirus pandemic has been given a £20,000 cash boost.

The City of London Corporation has donated the money to St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading health and first aid charity, to help its volunteers support patients in A&E departments, provide ambulance back-up for 999 calls and transport recovering patients home.

With more than 40,000 Covid-19 deaths recorded in the UK, the NHS is under continued strain, while charities face twin pressures of reduced income and rising demand for services.

The donation is the latest move by the Square Mile’s governing body to support the coronavirus response and follows almost £3 million in emergency funding given through its charitable funder, City Bridge Trust.

Jeremy Mayhew, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s Finance Committee, said: “Coronavirus is a global health emergency that affects the way every one of us goes about our daily lives and it is important we support the amazing efforts, on the frontline of this crisis, being made by charities across London and the UK.

“At a time when our health service is under severe pressure, the role of St John Ambulance has never been more crucial and this funding will help its fantastic team of volunteers continue to provide sorely-needed support for the NHS and to help vulnerable people across London.

“I urge businesses in the City and across the capital to continue to give to St John Ambulance to ensure even more people can benefit from their important work.”

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Rebecca Mauger, director of fundraising at St John Ambulance, said: “St John people give thousands of hours supporting communities in every region of the country, from communities to hospitals and frontline services.

“Their time and compassion builds patient trust when they often feel anxious, and offers clinical reassurance and care, benefiting thousands of patients. That means we can be there for you, your family and friends.

“We are incredibly grateful to City of London Corporation for their donation which helps ensure that St John can do everything it needs to provide safe, effective care now, and in the future.”

The money comes from the City Corporation’s International Disaster Fund, which has given more than £300,000 towards emergency relief efforts around the world in the last three years.

It follows donations last month of £20,000 each to the British Red Cross and disaster response organisation Team Rubicon UK for their efforts in battling Covid-19.

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