The Westminster Foundation provides ongoing support to national and regional charities


Since March, the Duke of Westminster has made a total of £12.5m available through the Foundation to charities or community groups providing much-needed support to those in need.

The Westminster Foundation, which represents the charitable interests of the Duke of Westminster and Grosvenor businesses, continues to support a growing number of charities on the frontline of the UK’s COVID-19 relief effort.

Since March, the Duke of Westminster has made a total of £12.5m available through the Foundation to charities or community groups providing much-needed support to those in need.

A large donation has been made immediately available to support the NHS, through NHS Charities Together, to provide respite, rehabilitation and mental health assistance to NHS staff and their families.

Funding has also been granted to help with essential food distribution, especially to vulnerable families struggling to feed their children who would normally receive free school meals.

The remainder of the Duke’s donation will be split between organisations playing a vital role in supporting vulnerable individuals or families who may struggle with the long-term impact of the epidemic – for example through mental health support, education or employment opportunities -  and towards medical research and development linked to COVID-19.

NHS Charities Together: “We are all incredibly grateful for this most generous donation which will make such a difference to NHS staff coping with the enormity of COVID-19. With the fantastic support we have received, both we and our member NHS charities are doing as much as we can to support patients, NHS staff, volunteers and carers during this emergency.”


The Westminster Foundation is working closely with a range of national charities and regional organisations operating in London and Cheshire, where the Duke of Westminster and his family are based.

London

The Foundation has partnered with London Funders – a membership network for funders and investors – to identify organisations across the capital that need emergency financial support. To date, the Westminster Foundation has supported over 20 charities through the London Funders’ London Community Response.

The Foundation has provided a major grant to the London Food Alliance – a newly formed partnership between London’s three largest food redistribution charities (City Harvest, FareShare and The Felix Project) to provide an emergency response service for the capital during the coronavirus crisis.
 

FareShare: “In London FareShare provided food to 175 charities and community groups in April. All staff and volunteers have been doing an amazing job to ensure food is reaching the people who need it most. The London team delivered 241 tonnes of food in April which is enough for 573,821 meals for Londoners!”

The Westminster Foundation is also working closely with small charities and community groups locally in Westminster. One example is Pimlico Toy Library, which provides therapy and developmental workshops to improve the lives of vulnerable children their families. The Foundation have provided the charity with funding to secure the technology need to deliver their service remotely as well as stimulating activity pack and books to support families over the coming months.

Cheshire

The Westminster Foundation is also supporting a number of charitable groups in Cheshire. For example, it is match funding the Cheshire West and Chester Council’ Community Response Fund and helping community organisations continue to provide vital services in this challenging operating environment. And it is funding the Blacon Action Team and their invaluable work to feed vulnerable families in the Blacon area of Cheshire.

Cheshire West and Chester Council: “We’d like to thank the Westminster Foundation for its donation towards our Community Response Fund. Both new and established community initiatives across west Cheshire are going to play a key role supporting vulnerable people during this unprecedented period. An extra £250,000 in funding from the Westminster Foundation will make a significant difference to these community initiatives.”


The Foundation is also proud to directly support charities working around the clock to support some of the most vulnerable in our communities, such as Healthbox CIC helping families and schools; Passion for Learning who provide much-needed resource packs for vulnerable children and women's refuges who have escaped from domestic violence; and Kidsbank who are sending essential baby packs to expectant or new mums in need.

Blacon Action Team: “The responsive action and considerable generosity shown by the Westminster Foundation has been invaluable.  As a result, we have now been able to extend our offer of food parcels to 700 vulnerable families per week, and can deliver this project for the next 6 months.”


This is just a snapshot of the Westminster Foundation’s COVID-19 response. It will continue to partner with a range of fantastic charities and organisations helping vulnerable people in the difficult months ahead.

 

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