In April 2020, Camelot was one of the first companies to pledge its support to the NFRN’s – the Federation of Independent Retailers – COVID-19 Hardship Fund.
Commenting on the donation, Camelot Retail Director, Jenny Blogg, said: “At this time of great uncertainty and disruption, I want to acknowledge the hard work and dedication of NFRN members in ensuring that their businesses continue to provide for their communities and customers.
“As the coronavirus crisis continues, I also want to thank them for the support they have shown to Camelot, The National Lottery and the Good Causes it supports. This funding has never been more crucial than it is now, as we help the country respond to the COVID-19 crisis. For example, The National Lottery Community Fund will support vulnerable communities with up to £300million of funding.
“My team and I fully appreciate that the key priorities for independent retailers at this time are the well-being of staff and a safe environment for customers. To offer our support and appreciation, we are proud to contribute £25,000 towards the NFRN’s COVID-19 Hardship Fund.”
Welcoming the donation, NFRN National President, Stuart Reddish, said: “We are incredibly grateful to our long standing friends at Camelot for recognising the importance of the independent retail sector and bolstering our ability to help even more independent retailers who through no fault of their own are in financial crisis.
“With the NFRN COVID-19 Fund only launching on Monday, we would like to thank Camelot for acting so quickly and so generously in lending support.”
The NFRN COVID-19 Fund aims to alleviate some of the financial pressures that independent retailers may be facing. Assistance in the form of a grant is available to members suffering severe hardship in the form of a grant.