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Byline: I Can Do That! WITH TOM DOWLING alltogethernow.org FOR PEOPLE WHO WON'T LET DISABILITY GET IN THE WAY

F EVER there was a time when local newspapers were needed then surely it is now.

IPeople need news and information they can rely upon and trust - and many local papers have been doing that for decades. But the sad truth is newspapers are now fighting for survival, just like so many other businesses across the country.

As regular readers will know, one early victim of the coronavirus pandemic was Merseyside's hugely popular All Together NOW! health and disability paper.

For the past 15 years the multi award-winning publication, printed by the ECHO, has become a lifeline to so many disabled and older people, but getting the paper circulated has been just too difficult for the small charity.

Most of All Together NOW!'s stockists - charities, hospitals, health centres and supermarkets - are either closed or are placing restrictions on visitors.

It's a problem everyone at the charity is trying to solve. So if you have an idea about how we can get the paper back into people's homes, please get in touch.

In the meantime, I have some good news to report A very welcome PS1,200 grant from Metro Mayor Steve Rotheram's Covid-19 Community Fund means All Together NOW! can now set up a coronavirus section on its website that will provide a regular stream of news and info.

Admittedly, it's not the ideal situation as many readers of All Together NOW! are either not connected to the internet or prefer the newspaper, but it's something to build on and the charity is grateful for the support.

If you, or your community group, wants to get your message to a wider audience then email your news to: news@alltogethernow.org.uk | THE Covid-19 Community Fund has been set up to specifically help charities and other frontline organisations supporting people through the crisis.

An initial PS200,000 donation from the Liverpool Combined Authority was soon followed by a generous PS50,000 from Merseyside-based Home Bargains, PS123,250 from the National Emergencies Trust as well as scores of other donations.

Mr Rotheram said: "The fund is making a difference to some of our most vulnerable people, and I'd encourage everyone to give what they can, if they are able, to support these amazing organisations."

Details on how to donate are on the LCR website: www.lcrcares.co.uk

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Date:May 8, 2020
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