Two charities supporting students in East London have received donations totalling £5,500 from Amazon’s head office in Shoreditch.

The donations were made after members of the Amazon team nominated The Access Project and Ministry of Stories to benefit from a special COVID-19 support initiative through the company’s “Amazon in the Community” programme, whereby the company supports the communities around its operating locations across the UK.

Members of the Amazon team were given the opportunity to nominate a local cause of their choice to receive a donation with the aim of helping those in the community that have been most affected by the pandemic and subsequent lockdowns.

The Access Project, which received a £3,700 donation, supports disadvantaged students in East London by helping them work towards getting to top universities.

Ministry of Stories, which received a £1,800 donation, helps young people in East London discover their confidence, imagination and potential through the power of their writing.

Nathan Sansom, CEO of The Access Project, said: “The disruption to education caused by COVID-19 will impact the students we support in East London for some time to come. We want to say a big thank you to Hannah Williams for nominating us to receive a donation from Amazon. The donation will help us continue to help young people in our community to catch-up and reach their academic potential.”

Katie Bucher, Amazon in the Community UK Lead, said: “The Access Project and Ministry of Stories are brilliant organisations that provides important services for the people in our community. We’re very proud to make this donation on behalf of Amazon and hope it gives the charities a much-needed boost.”

Community donations are one of a number of ways in which Amazon is supporting communities across the UK during COVID-19.

Throughout the pandemic Amazon has provided students with free online STEM resources and supported virtual classrooms with no-cost resources from AWS. The company has also teamed up with charity partner Magic Breakfast to deliver more than 2 million healthy breakfasts to disadvantaged children around the UK.