Representatives of more than 65 community organisations from across Yorkshire gathered to celebrate the first anniversary of a charitable trust which has given nearly £50,000 to 60 organisations in the county.
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust marked its first anniversary with an event at The Endsleigh Centre in Hull (June 26th 2013) and an invitation to more community or sporting groups to apply for funding.
Jo Hudgell, who heads The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust, said: “We are delighted that the Trust has had such a positive impact. In its first twelve months it has supported over 60 grassroots community groups and has helped an estimated 12,000 people. We aim to continue to expand the Trust further in the next year and hope to encourage more organisations to apply for funding.”
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust was set up in 2012 to mark the 15th anniversary of Neil Hudgell Solicitors, specialists in compensation claims for personal injury, medical negligence and professional negligence. The firm, which employs 100 staff, serves clients in England and Wales from offices in Hull and Leeds.
Every three months, the Trust awards up to £15,000 – made up of 15 grants, each worth up to £1,000. In total, the Trust can give out funding of up to £60,000 a year.
Among those which have benefited are:
- The Humberside Youth Darts Organisation which works with around 45 young people and received £1500 from two successful applications to the trust to pay for equipment.
- Chellow Hearts in Bradford, which was given £990 to fund glide bikes specifically designed for children with a range of different disabilities.
- Rainbow Garden, a community initiative based in North Hull, which has received £750 from the Trust to fund a project to encourage local families to grow their own fruit and vegetables.
Representatives from some of these organisations took part in the presentation at The Endsleigh Centre and explained how the Trust had benefitted their groups.
In addition, Nigel Mills, the Chief Executive of Hull and East Yorkshire Community Foundation, which administers the trust, told the audience: “The Trust has been so successful for two main reasons: first, it’s a tough time for the charity and voluntary sector at the moment with billions of pounds of cuts. It’s only going to get tougher so the funding from The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust is very welcome.
“Second, the ethos of the Trust makes it stand out. It’s about supporting those less obvious causes that make a big difference. Neil Hudgell Solicitors is a local firm whose approach to corporate social responsibility is all about helping the communities in which it’s based.”
All attendees’ tickets were entered into a draw with the chance to win £150 for their organization. The winner was The Humber Community Advice Service.
Application forms and guidance for organisations wishing to find out more about funding from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust are available from hudgellv2.wpengine.com.