For the second year in a row, Wesleyan Foundation is giving £100,000 to hardworking charities as part of its Winter of Giving fund.
The fund is being shared among 50 charities and community groups, each receiving £2,000 to help with their essential work in communities across the UK. The charities and community groups receiving funds were nominated by Wesleyan members and colleagues.
One organisation that will get a boost from the Winter of Giving fund is KidsAid, a charity that provides long-term therapeutic support for children and young people who have experienced trauma. The charity will use the funding to provide children with access to free therapy to help them process bereavement and family loss.
The Winter of Giving fund was set up in response to the ongoing cost-of-living crisis to help support organisations that play a vital role working to address issues around health and wellbeing, education, equality and sustainability.
Steph Curry, Corporate Partnerships and Marketing Manager from KidsAid, said: "We’re grateful to Wesleyan for their donation. As an unfunded service, we could not continue to provide support to our beneficiaries without contributions such as these.
"The funding from Wesleyan Foundation will make a significant difference to the children we support. Having experienced early-life trauma, accessible long-term provision is exceptionally rare, so receiving this level of therapeutic intervention will prove life-changing for the young people we work with."
Jacob Ayre, Community and Citizenship Officer at Wesleyan, said: "We had a huge number of nominations from our members and colleagues to help provide support for charities. As a mutual we can put our money where it’ll make the most difference to our members and society, and that’s what we wanted to do with this fund.
"Winter can be an incredibly difficult time for many, and we know this year is harder than most. We hope this funding goes some way to help the groups that play a vital role with families and communities across the country."
Wesleyan colleague who nominated the charity, said: "Being part of a mutual like Wesleyan is fantastic as it means we can give back to the causes that matter most to us and our members. I’m proud that we’re able to support an organisation that makes a difference to so many children."
The Wesleyan Foundation is the charitable arm of Wesleyan, which specialises in providing financial support to doctors, dentists and teachers. It helps support great causes that are important to Wesleyan’s members and the communities in which they live and work.
Launched in 2017, the Foundation has since donated £5.9 million and has supported more than 550,000 people via 600 different charities, community groups and social enterprises.
Charities that have received funds from the Wesleyan Winter of Giving fund so far include Cruse, Family Fund, Hope House, Just Small Change, Compton Care, the Midland Langar Seva Society, and Fighting Breast Cancer, to name a few.
Community groups and charities that are interested in finding out more about the funding available should visit the Wesleyan Foundation.