Money given by people across Sussex to the Shoreham Air Show Fund, following the tragedy last August, has topped £190,000.
The Sussex Community Foundation is managing the fund on behalf of Adur District Council, Brighton & Hove City Council, West Sussex County Council and Worthing Borough Council.
Some £90,000 has been paid out so far to bereaved families to cover expenses such as funeral costs, transport and accommodation costs, counselling costs and general living costs, especially where the deceased was the main bread-winner in a family or made a significant financial contribution to the household they lived in.
A statement from the foundation said: “It has been agreed that Phase 2 of the fund, which was initially just for a six-month period, should be extended for a further six months. The position will be further reviewed later in the year.
“Under Phase 2, funds are available: to provide longer term help to address hardship among the families of those who lost their lives in the incident and those who were injured and to help others who were directly and substantially affected by the incident, including people who suffer emotional or psychological trauma or other hardship.”
The foundation has written to each of the families directly affected by the disaster to tell them of this extension and to encourage them to apply to the fund, whether or not they have already done so.
The statement added that no applications had been received from anyone injured in the disaster. It went on: “However, the fund is available to help those in need as a result of injury. Anyone who has been injured, and has suffered hardship as a result, is urged to apply. Every application is entirely confidential.”
For more information, or for application forms to apply for a grant from the fund, contact Laura Williams at Sussex Community Foundation on 01273 409440.
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