Local Community support – Announcing our Charities of the Year
As a Firm, Tollers have always strived to support our local community. As part of this each year the firm’s Corporate Responsibility Committee takes the time to identify a worthy Charity to support for the coming year. No easy task normally, however, given the last year it was even more difficult than normal. Following much discussion, the Firm is delighted to announce that this year we have selected Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Stevenage Community Trust as our new Co-Charities for the coming year.
Chair of Tollers’ Corporate Responsibility Committee, Tonina Ashby, said “Following the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the series of lockdowns that have ensued, the committee felt it was important to support a charity whose focus was to provide funding and support to people in need, as well as organisations and smaller charities within the local community. As a regional law firm with two of our core offices in Northamptonshire and Hertfordshire, we felt that Northamptonshire Community Foundation and Stevenage Community Trust provided all of this and more and that each would be a worthy candidate to be our Co-Charities of the Year.”
Northamptonshire Community Foundation
Northamptonshire Community Foundation (NCF) supports a variety of smaller charities and organisations which usually “fly under the radar”, allowing the public to support the issues close to their hearts. This in turn allows lesser-known organisations to benefit from support where they may otherwise miss out. Their mission is to provide a unique channel for donors to engage with their local communities and with each other.
This year, NCF celebrates its 20th year of support in our local community. Tollers would encourage individuals to celebrate with NCF with their own sponsored event with the theme of “20” (for example, a 20-mile cycle). They are also supporting the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals to improve the quality of life and wellbeing for all.
Stevenage Community Trust
Established in 1990, Stevenage Community Trust (SCT) is a similar independent charity, based in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, providing funding and support to a variety of local groups, charities and individuals in need.
SCT has given out grants of over £1.4million since their inception and benefitted 20,000 people in the last year alone. More recently, SCT has held a “Stevenage Helps” appeal to support those adversely impacted by COVID-19, including food banks and individual families.
Both of these charities offer a broad range of support to the communities they support by providing grants to individuals, social groups, organisations and other charities.
They predominantly support those who are disadvantaged, vulnerable or in need, as well as supporting community projects for schools and sports clubs. They also work to raise awareness of important issues such as poverty and to support and develop local areas, parks and facilities for us all to enjoy.
Examples of those who have benefitted from these charities include social groups, support groups, scout and girl guides, older people, trips for carers, family fun days, hospices and support for domestic violence organisations.
For more information about the charities and the vital support they provide, you can visit their websites via the links below.
Tollers look forward to supporting these fantastic charities to raise much-needed funds. We will, throughout the coming year, be running internal fundraising events, as well as encouraging our staff to take the opportunity to volunteer at the many events the charities will be running during the course of the year. We will keep you all posted and updated as we go…
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