NFRN Hardship Fund: Help is still at hand

Federation urges members affected by the Covid-19 pandemic to apply for a grant from its hardship fund



6 April 2021

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Independent news and convenience retailers are reminded that the NFRN Covid-19 Hardship Fund is still available for those who are experiencing financial difficulties caused by the pandemic.

The fund was set up last year shortly after the first lockdown was announced. Thanks to generous donations from branches and districts, as well as partner organisations, the fund reached a fantastic total of £250,000.

So far, £150,000 in grants has been paid to 120 members who have struggled financially through no fault of their own – which means £100,000 is still available.

One member, who wished to remain anonymous, said: “It has helped us enormously by enabling us to pay outstanding bills. It has provided us with some breathing space during this difficult time, which is very much appreciated. One again, thank you for your help.”

Another member said: “I thought about applying for a grant from the hardship fund a few months ago, but I thought maybe there are more desperate fellow newsagents who need help like this, so I waited.

“I had a phone call from the NFRN regarding other matters and I hesitated to ask for help, but my financial situation was getting worse.

“Thanks for encouraging me to fill in the application – the £2,000 will help our business so much. Thank you so much to the NFRN.”

NFRN National President Stuart Reddish said: “While some members have actually flourished during the Covid pandemic, others have seen their businesses decimated by having to close their doors for months or have had their footfall drastically reduced because of their location.

“I understand that our members are proud business people and may be reluctant to ask for help, but we all need help sometimes,” he added. “The NFRN is a community, and we exist to help each other. If your business has suffered as a result of these unprecedented times, I urge you not to wait until it’s too late and apply for a grant now.”

To apply, go to the NFRN website:



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