Family-owned business Covers Timber & Builders Merchants has donated a further £5,000 to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF).

This is the second substantial donation the generous company has made to the charity, following its original contribution of £5,000 during the first lockdown – part of the £50,000 funding total it gave to support those in need during the pandemic.

HIWCF is an independent charitable trust which works with companies, individuals, families and trusts to provide donations and grants to charitable and voluntary groups providing vital services and resources in the local area.

One of the charities that has recently benefited from HIWCF funding is Parklife Community Café in Southampton, which received a grant to help provide food donations for vulnerable people and families in the community. The organisation also provides a ‘take what you need’ table in the café for those who are struggling financially.

Rebecca Kennelly, HIWCF Chair, said, “We would like to thank the team at Covers for supporting the Foundation once again. This new donation will go directly towards the services and resources of local charitable and community organisations that are working so hard to help disadvantaged people impacted by the pandemic. Thanks to generous support from businesses, such as Covers, we were able to respond swiftly at the start of the pandemic to provide emergency grants to great causes. With COVID-19 continuing to be a threat, our community still has many challenges ahead, so this new funding will make a big difference to the lives of local people in need.”

Rupert Green, Chairman of Covers, added, “The coronavirus pandemic continues to adversely affect hundreds of people and families across our community. After donating £50,000 to charities last year, we wanted to maintain this support in 2021 and ensure that those affected receive the financial assistance they so desperately need. We are therefore delighted to be once again donating to HIWCF and hope that the funds make a real difference to those struggling during such difficult times.”


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Covers Timber and Builders Merchants has been in operation for over 175 years and has a chain of depots throughout the South of England, open to the trade and to the public. They are specialist timber and builders merchants, but also supply a wide range of products and services for both the building trade and for home DIY.



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Covers has branches at:

Aldershot Burgess Hill Horsham Southampton
Alresford Bexleyheath (OTBS) Lewes Tunbridge Wells
Bognor Regis Chichester Portsmouth
Brighton Gosport Rudgwick


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