Dignity, Freedom
and Sanctuary

HELPING THE VULNERABLE,
FIGHTING INEQUALITY.

Grant Programme

Our funding priorities for charities and individuals are Dignity; Freedom and Sanctuary. We don’t aim to eradicate global poverty, or tackle climate change by next Wednesday. We’ll be fighting much smaller, but equally important battles. Backing achievable ambitions. Assisting the vulnerable and marginalised facing social injustice and inequality.
 
View some of our selected projects below:

Fareshare

Grant Theme: Dignity

Example of grant awarded

Shocking as it may seem, there are nearly 6 million people living in deep poverty in the UK, unsure of where their next meal is coming from. At the same time, almost 3 million tonnes of food is deemed unusable and wasted by the food industry every year. Fareshare joins the dots in this outrageous situation. Since 2004 Fareshare have encouraged major players such as M&S and Nestlé to redirect the equivalent of 36 million meals which would otherwise have been destroyed.

Fareshare’s Nechells depot acts as a hub for the collection and redistribution of food across Birmingham. With our Foundation grant award, the volunteers of Fareshare Birmingham were able to reach their 2012 target of 42 organisations supported (including drop-in centres for the homeless and care homes for those with learning disabilities). Each will make an average saving on food bills of £13,000.

“Since 2004 Fareshare have encouraged major players such as M&S and Nestlé to redirect the equivalent of 36 million meals which would otherwise have been destroyed.”

Our grant has enabled over 400 tonnes of food to be redistributed in 2012. That translates into half a million meals for disadvantaged people in the Birmingham area.

Aerobility

Grant Theme: Freedom

Example of grant awarded

Aerobility is a wonderful charity and community of soaring spirits. As the owner and operator of disability-adapted aircraft, Aerobility offers the amazing Gift of Flight (including solo trips) for those with disabilities or terminal illness. Through funds raised, our Foundation was able to pay for the conversion of several aircraft for the growing Aerobility fleet.

“Aerobility offers the amazing Gift of Flight (including solo trips) for those with disabilities or terminal illness.”

We can only imagine how empowering it must be to soar above prejudice and restrictions on the ground.

RNLI

Grant Theme: Sanctuary

Example of grant awarded

Having spent all our family holidays on the wild and windswept coast of East Anglia (no, we don’t know why, either) the Beattie family became very aware very early of the amazing volunteer work done by the lifeboat crews of the RNLI.

“In 2013, our Foundation grant provided state-of-the-art onboard kit and lifejackets for the crews of the Great Yarmouth Lifeboat Station.”

It was therefore a natural choice for our Foundation to offer support for those in peril on the sea. In 2013, our Foundation grant provided state-of-the-art onboard kit and lifejackets for the crews of the Great Yarmouth Lifeboat Station. It’s not just the survivors whose heads need keeping above water.

D-Day Veterans

Special Campaign

 

2014 saw us raise enough funds to send several hundred of our Normandy Veterans (average age 90) back to the beaches of Northern France to be part of the 70th and for many, the final commemoration of the D-Day invasion of 1944.

“We were drawn to their suggestion that as a charitable group, the NVA were “Forgotten But Not Gone”. We will remember them.”

The Foundation has a long and special relationship with the Veterans. We were drawn to their suggestion that as a charitable group, the NVA were “Forgotten But Not Gone”. We will remember them. And we will be lending a hand to however many surviving Heroes wish to make one final emotional trip to the beaches for the D-Day 75 celebrations in 2019.

Some of the other charities and organisations we have supported:

Sense/Richard House/St Mungo’s/John Lowe Bursary/Eaves