A Mayor of Lewisham appeal to help the local foodbank amid the coronavirus crisis has raised more than £80,000.

On Thursday, April 9, people had donated £80,567 at the time of writing, less than a month after the fundraiser was launched.

Mayor Damien Egan said: “Over 2,000 people have donated to the appeal, which is amazing.

“Their generosity means the foodbank can continue to support vulnerable residents in Lewisham at a time when they need it most.”

People giving donations to the appeal have thanked the charity for its “incredible work”.

One said: “It’s a little something to say thank you so much from the bottom of my heart for your help, plenty of blessings. Stay safe.”

“Fortunate enough to be able to continue working from home in these difficult times. Hope this campaign helps those less fortunate,” another said.

One said: “Thank you for the incredible work you do. Stay safe.

Another said: “I received my usual salary payment this month – I know many have not been so lucky.”

Since the COVID-19 outbreak, foodbank usage has surged.

From Monday, April 6, the foodbank suspended the red voucher system after forming a partnership with Lewisham Council, Lewisham Local, Voluntary Services, and Age UK.

All referrals for food will now go through Lewisham Local’s online form or helpline.

To donate to the appeal go here