The We Love MCR response fund, set up to help charities in Manchester continue their community work, has launched an urgent cash appeal after warning it is ''running out of money.''

The fund has donated grants of £750,000 to more than 220 different groups over 10 weeks since the lockdown began.

Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Abid Latif Chohan, Chair of the We Love MCR Charity, said: "After awarding £750,000 in vital grants already, our Response Fund is almost exhausted.

''The impacts of Covid19 will be with us in Manchester for many months to come. If you can afford to, please help us to carry on tackling the huge challenges created by this awful disease. Please, make a donation today."

Lord Mayor of Manchester Cllr Abid Latif Chohan Credit: We Love MCR

Now, local celebrities have teamed up with representatives of a number of the charities helped by the fund to launch a fundraising appeal.

A video has also been released, showcasing some of the fund's work.

Local broadcasting legend and We Love MCR supporter Gordon Burns said on the launch of the video "We Love MCR's Response Fund is a lifeline to Manchester's frontline charities fighting Covid's impacts. I'm pleased to add my voice to this appeal."

We Love MCR Charity was 23 years old on June 1, 2020. It was founded as the Lord Mayor of Manchester's Charity Appeal Fund in 1997, and adopted its We Love MCR branding in 2011.

We Love MCR Charity created their Covid19 Community Response Fund as lockdown started, to enable local charities to request and receive funding for urgent work to combat problems caused or exacerbated by the pandemic.