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Crisis fund raises £1.2m for health workers

Crisis fund raises £1.2m for health workers

Tuesday 05 May 2020

Crisis fund raises £1.2m for health workers

A philanthropic fund set up by Jersey’s Bailiff to support the island’s health service in combatting the covid-19 crisis has raised over £1million in donations since it launched last month.

The funds will be used to buy vital items in the fight against the virus including personal protective equipment, test kits and other gear for frontline services, GP surgeries and care homes.

Established by Bailiff Timothy Le Cocq as a central fund for public donations to help see Jersey through the pandemic, it has now raised £1.2million for the cause.

Video: The Bailiff announcing the fund's launch.

In addition to a £500,000 donation from local businessman Scott Thomas, the fund has attracted other substantial donations including a further £0.5million from Mike Platt and Andrew Dodd of major hedge fund Bluecrest.

Speaking about the importance of the Bailiff’s fund, Mr Platt said: “It’s incredibly important that islanders come together and help at this time of need and I’m proud to be able do so. I know that donations will help support our critical workers and the Government to ensure they have the equipment needed to continue work, not only on the frontline but within homes and other places of care.

"I urge anyone who is able to donate or help, to please consider it and support the lifesaving work during this pandemic.”

Commenting on the success of the fund so far, the Bailiff said: “Many islanders are giving their time and expertise to this crisis and we have seen a huge amount of community support being offered. This fund allows those wanting to donate money to do so in a way that ensures that their money will be appropriately and most efficiently used. 

“Although there have been some substantial donations the fund can be used to receive any donation, no matter how much it is. I would like to thank everyone who has donated for their generosity.”

The fund channels donations directly to the areas in most need of extra support.

How to donate to the fund...


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Posted by Michael Bisson on
This all sounds very good - £1.2 million raised - but there are two donations of .5 million, so the balance is only 200,000, not terribly impressive. But what is the money being raised for? To buy PPE, unproven test kits, equipment for health staff? That's all part of the health system, and nobody is suggesting that Jersey's government is short of money to pay for what is needed, even without raiding the 'rainy day' fund. If the fund-raising was for real support for the hard-pressed health workers, care home assistants, etc, to provide them with what they would otherwise not get through their employment, perhaps the public contribution would be much greater than £200,000. And that's not a criticism of the philantrophists who set the ball rolling with their two £500,000 gifts.
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