Our first 12 months
In the first 12 months of our fund, we’re proud to have supported over 400 non-profit organisations with more than £3.5m of grants and donations, helping to boost wellbeing in a year we’ve all needed it the most.
More than £3.5m
awarded to over 400 causes across our region.
awarded to 93 projects through our Community Fund
An additional £1m
supporting 339 organisations deal with the impact of COVID-19
donated in our water saving charity challenge
Through our core Community Fund alone
90+ community spaces created or enhanced
10% most deprived communities
More than 580,000 beneficiaries
Over 680,000m2 of environment improved
Launching our Community Fund
Supporting our communities through COVID-19
"What an EXCELLENT fund, just what we need in these times - no jumping through hoops or pleading your case when you are too busy 'doing'. Others should take note of this example of exactly the right way to support communities in a crisis. Not to mention just a boost and encouragement for those putting a lot of hard work and voluntary hours in. Good news travels fast too, and it's making everyone feel touched to the heart."
Almost £200,00 to support mental and physical health
£300,000+ to food banks
£60,000+ to organisations helping the elderly
339 local organisations supported through COVID-19
We knew our new Community Fund had an important role to play to help our communities deal with the impact of COVID-19. In March 2020 we moved quickly to launch an additional £1m Emergency Coronavirus Fund which saw us support a further 300+ local organisations in need.
The first £500,00 was donated quickly to charities helping the most vulnerable who were experiencing unprecedented demand for their services, including food banks, mental health charities and those providing support for the elderly.
The second half was donated later in the year to support the charities themselves that had suffered financially through the pandemic - helping them to get back on their feet and continue delivering their services.
We have been truly overwhelmed by all of the heart-warming comments we received from these groups, our customers and proud colleagues about our timely support and the impact we were able to make at this crucial time.