Schools Support: Yorkshire agency Manning Stainton has supported more than 20 local schools since it launched its Schools Support fund in late February.
The £10,000 scheme helps schools and pupils following lockdown closures, and has financed sensory equipment, mud kitchens, dens and books to forest school classes, Lego therapy and phonics catch-up sessions.
Mark Manning, managing director, says: “So many children have been affected by school closures over the past year, and schools are working really hard to make up for lost time in the classroom. Our support fund is still open, so if you work at a school and need financial support to fund something that will benefit your pupils, then please get in touch.”
Fine & Country Foundation: This great organisation has received a record number of grant applications following most charity events closing due to Covid-19.
During 2020, £26,450 was donated to a total of 17 charitable organisations across the globe from Carlisle to Zimbabwe. While the autumn scheme was cancelled last year, 2021 sees the return of the spring scheme, with 26 charities receiving grants totalling £61,435 - this is the most charities that the foundation has given to in one grant round.
The scheme aims to provide financial support to non-profit organisations, specifically focussed around supporting charities from the UK and overseas in the fight against homelessness and poverty.
Fine & Country offices around the world are encouraged to submit applications nominating a charity of their choice to receive a donation of up to £3,000.
Jon Cooke, chief executive of Fine & Country and a foundation trustee says: “Through the support of the network, the foundation has been able to give away hundreds of thousands of pounds to help both the homeless and those in poverty. The money donated has been invaluable to charities that have received a grant from the foundation and has had a positive impact in many people’s lives.”
Nikki Waterhouse Trust: This charity, set up by the senior team at Hunters in memory of 32-year-old Nikki, has provided 13 Chromebooks and donated them to schools across Birmingham for children desperately in need of equipment.
The initiative was initially conceived in February to help support children who were without laptops and struggling to cope with online home schooling, putting them at risk of falling behind.
The Nikki Waterhouse Trust was established to help children under the age 18 who are victims of war, natural disaster or catastrophe. The trust also aims to help children who suffer from life threatening or terminal illnesses or those who have suffered trauma or injury that has had a catastrophic effect on their and their family’s lives.
Glynis Frew, managing director of Hunters, comments: “This is a cause extremely close to our heart and one that I’m sure resonates with agents across the country. We look forward to continuing to support children in need through a range of initiatives.”