THE trustees of Okehampton United Charities have launched a hardship fund for anyone who has fallen through the net of government support during the coronavirus crisis.

Anyone from Okehampton or the surrounding hamlets who has lost their job or work can apply for up to £250 if not already receiving compensation through the Government schemes for employees and the self-employed.

The fund runs until May 31 and may be extended. Applications, limited to one per household, need evidence of a job or work loss or an endorsement from an independent person.

Contact charity clerk Karen Percival on 01837 55179 or email [email protected]

The charity has also given £5,000 to the Okehampton Foodbank and Okehampton United Charities trustees have continued to meet virtually, awarding grants to Parkrun, the One Okehampton Craft Club, Okehampton Community Garden, Devon Development Education and the Okehampton and District Carnival.