GENEROUS Argus readers have donated thousands to a coronavirus crisis fund for groups across the county.

The Sussex Crisis Fund has been set up to help those affected by the pandemic.

The Argus’s charity and American Express have each donated £50,000 to kick-start the appeal.

But readers have also given generously, donating almost £13,000 in two weeks.

Some have even donated as much as £1,000.

The fund is used to support charities and groups across Sussex throughout the coronavirus pandemic.

Sussex Community Foundation chief Kevin Richmond said these organisations are the backbone of the county.

“They support everyone from people with mental health problems to families on low incomes, from isolated older people to those without a roof over their heads,” he said.

“We’ve been talking to charities across the county over the last two weeks and there are many examples of charities rolling their sleeves up and finding creative ways to do the seemingly impossible.

“However, many are incurring new costs for computers, phones, online services or for the most basic things, like food and medicine for vulnerable people.

“The community needs support now to sustain the amazing effort that is being made. Please give as much or as little as you can spare and we’ll make sure it gets to local people that need it”

Grants will usually be for up to £5,000.

To apply for a grant, visit

To donate to the fund, visit