London, UK, June 9 2017 – Borough Market has established a trader support fund to help those individuals and businesses who have suffered losses as a result of its temporary closure. The fund will be set up in partnership with United St. Saviours and Better Bankside, and will provide financial assistance to members of the community who are dependent on the market.
The market has remained closed since the attacks of 3rd June, while the police investigation takes place. This has taken its toll on individuals and businesses with no other means of income.
The Chair of the Borough Market Trust, Donald Hyslop, commented, “An atrocity of this magnitude has many hidden victims. Among these are the independent traders and producers who rely upon Borough Market for their livelihood. With the market still closed and with valuable stock lost, some of these traders—although none would be quick to admit it—are struggling.”
He continued: “If any of these traders, whose skill and dedication make the market such a wonderful asset, were to find the viability of their work threatened by this act of violence, the result would be to add a sad injustice to a terrible tragedy. The Borough Market Trust and some of the wider Bankside community, the market’s larger businesses have joined together to establish a hardship fund for those traders who are suffering most in these uncertain times. Anyone who wishes to support this fund will find their generosity gratefully received. There was never any doubt in my mind that the market’s community would pull together in a crisis, but it is nonetheless humbling to see that solidarity in action.”
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To donate to the fund, please visit https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/bmrelieffund
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About Better Bankside
Better Bankside – a Business Improvement District - exists to make Bankside a better place to work, live and visit. It aims to improve the quality of the area and enhance the competitiveness of its businesses. It is a company owned, funded and led by employers in the Bankside area of London. Visit betterbankside.co.uk for more information.
About United St Saviour’s
United St Saviour's Charity has supported the residents of Southwark since 1540. The charity owns and manages an eighteenth-century almshouse in Southwark, which provides independent living and an active social life for the community’s older people. United St Saviour’s also funds a broad range of community charities, with its grants programme investing £800,000 in north Southwark’s community each year, to improve the lives of residents and build the local community. Visit http://www.ustsc.org.uk/ for more information.