A WIRRAL charity helping vulnerable women and families has been awarded a grant of £2,500 to continue offering its services throughout the pandemic.

Birkenhead-based WEB Merseyside has received the Maximus Foundation UK donation which helps local charities nationwide who have been affected by the COVID-19 crisis.

The donation will allow WEB Merseyside to continue to support women, men and children who may be isolated, victimised or discriminated against.

Di Briggs, chair of Maximus Foundation UK said: "The outlook for smaller charities across the UK continues to be very challenging.

"So we're delighted to be able to help WEB Merseyside to continue their work providing much-needed support to vulnerable people in their community."

Grant beneficiaries are selected from nominations made by Maximus UK employees and the grant was awarded by a virtual cheque presentation by a Maximus Foundation trustee.

Bernadette King, centre manager of WEB Merseyside, said: "The donation from Maximus has been particularly welcome to WEB in these difficult times.

"It has enabled us to keep experienced staff in post as well as taking on new staff to make up for the loss of volunteers during the pandemic.

"With this support, WEB can continue to provide face-to-face and group support to around 90 vulnerable and socially isolated individuals every week."