More than £40,000 has been shared among voluntary groups and charities in just one month, offering the vital teams a lifeline during the pandemic.

The support comes from the Covid-19 Community Recovery Fund, organised by Cumbria's POlice and Crime Commissioner, Peter McCall, with £43, 797 handed out to successful applicants last month.

Commenting on the fund's success, Mr McCall, said: “This fund really is all about helping community groups and charities stay afloat during Covid-19.

“Many of these groups and charities are doing essential work at the heart of our local communities, work which has possibly never been more important and needed than in these challenging times, which is why it is so important that we do what we can to help and support them."

Throughout the past few months, a total of £186,467 has been given to groups across the county.

Those benefitting from last month's funding include; Autism Support Allerdale and Copeland, Tebay youth group Appleby Deanery, and mental health charity Growing Well at Kendal.

“These types of projects are so important and are so much needed in Cumbria," Mr McCall said.

“So many volunteers give up their time to help others in need and this is why I launched this recovery fund – to support local groups through a very challenging time and also to say thank you for all their selfless work and outstanding commitment.

“Thank you to everyone that applied, and Congratulations to all successful applicants – I look forward to hearing more about the great work that you do."