AN ISLAND charity has partnered with the Isle of Wight Council to ensure that 'critical' get the funding they need amid the COVID-19 crisis.

WightAID, the charity funding body, will be focusing their grants on groups that are designated as critical to sustaining the Island through the epidemic.

Some of the groups included are the Isle of Wight Foodbank as well as homelessness, mental health and bereavement charities working on the Island.

Geoff Underwood, WightAID chairman and High Sheriff of the Isle of Wight, said: "As we enter a period of considerable difficulty, it is even more important than ever for us to stay together and support those most in need.

"Hopefully, this pandemic will reduce to manageable levels within a few months, but we have a fight on our hands.

"Now more than ever, we need the people of the Isle of Wight to dig deep and support those less well off. Even though times will be difficult, now is the time for everyone to do their bit.

"With your help, we can weather this situation together. It's a daunting time, and cash will be in short supply, but please do something, no matter how small."