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The Irish Red Cross and Age Action today announced that it will be closing its Hardship Fund to new applications after an unprecedented level of interest in the initiative means that the funds raised will be allocated in record time.

The Hardship Fund, which was set up in partnership with Age Action, was put in place to help older people who had been experiencing additional financial burden due to the Covid-19 crisis.

The fund proved to be a huge success, with thousands of inquiries about the grant. However, while previous applications are still in the process of being assessed, the fund will now close to online applicants at 5pm on Friday 24th April. Posted applications will be accepted until Monday, 27th April.

After an initial influx of queries, the Irish Red Cross and Age Action allotted additional funds for the grant, which will now be distributed to vulnerable older people around Ireland who are in need of financial help.

Speaking of the fund, Secretary-General of the Irish Red Cross, Liam O’Dwyer, said,

“The Irish Red Cross and Age Action recognise that the Covid-19 crisis is a time of great uncertainty for a lot of older people. We are delighted that the Hardship Fund was able to reach so many people and hopefully alleviate some financial burden for them.”