Published on 6th July 2020

A local women's group which supports vulnerable females in Runcorn and Widnes has been successful in its bid for funding from Cheshire’s police and crime commissioner David Keane.

Fortuna Female Society has been awarded a £300 grant from PCC David Keane’s Safer Communities express grant fund to purchase essential items like toiletries and sanitary products for women in the area.

The group, which runs activities and events for women across Halton, usually hosts an annual fundraiser to collect the items to distribute to local women but due to the Covid-19 pandemic, they have been unable to host any physical events so have had to look at alternative funding methods to source the products.

The funding will be used to purchase much needed items like deodorants, sanitary items, shampoos, toothpaste and other necessities.

The grant has come from the Commissioner is from a funding pot which takes money from criminals under the Proceeds of Crime Act and reinvests it back into the community.

PCC David Keane said: “I’m pleased to provide funding for such a worthy cause that provides support to vulnerable women across Halton.

“The coronavirus pandemic has dramatically changed how a lot of our vital community groups operate so I have put in place this emergency fund to ensure those most in need in our communities can continue to receive support.”