A Hull support centre for armed service veterans, a community café in Wakefield and a charity providing free horse-riding sessions for disabled children in East Yorkshire and a Hull are among twenty three community projects sharing more than £16,000 from the Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust.
The funding is the latest to be distributed by the Trust which has given grants totalling more than £75,000 to over 80 organisations since it was established in April 2012.
The Trust was set up 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.
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust can give up to £60,000 a year, in grants worth up to £1,000 each, to good causes in Yorkshire which support local communities and promote sports, health, wellbeing and educational aspiration.
Jo Hudgell, who heads the Trust, said: “These latest beneficiaries of the Trust are all doing great work at grassroots level and we are delighted to assist them.
“Ever since Neil Hudgell Solicitors opened its doors in 1997 we have been grateful for the backing we’ve received from clients and individuals in our community. The Trust is a formal way to reciprocate that local support.
“We are keen to encourage eligible organisations to apply for the funding so the Trust can benefit as many people as possible.”
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust is administered by the Hull and East Yorkshire Community Foundation.
Nigel Mills, Chief Executive of the HEYCF, said: “The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust is a first class example of corporate social responsibility which is making a real difference to many smaller organisations and charities, particularly in the challenging economic climate we’re all now operating in.
“We’re delighted to be involved in the scheme and would be pleased to offer advice and support to any groups considering applying for funds.”
Applications for funding are always welcome; more information is available from the Neil Hudgell Trust website.
The latest recipients of funding from the Trust are:
Hull Veterans Support Centre – £946.79 to purchase a new computer equipment to enable the charity to provide free internet access for job searches and ICT training for around 50 ex service personnel.
David Bragg from Hull Veterans Support Centre said: “We are a relatively new charity, still in our infancy and we only got charitable status in June. This funding will make an enormous difference to us in so many ways and it’ll enable veterans to get on the internet to access the help and support they’re entitled to. We’ll also be able to run learning packages on the lap-tops as well so people will be able to learn new skills.”
Altofts Community & Sports Foundation, Wakefield – £1,000 to equip the group’s building to provide a community café serving around 950 local residents including those accessing a library service and a local football team. The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust funding will be used to buy essentials including a microwave, water heater, grill, toaster, crockery and cutlery. Any profits generated by the café will be used to improve the building and subsidise other services.
Yorkshire Wolds Riding for the Disabled – £878.88 to contribute to the annual running costs of the charity (approximately £3,000 on livery charges, veterinary fees, farrier costs and RDA membership and insurance) and enable free horse riding lessons to continue to be provided for children with disabilities from Kings Mill Special School in Driffield.
- Stamford Bridge Junior Football Club – £1,000
- Hessle Open Gate Way – £500
- Special Olympics City of Hull Gymnastics Club – £944.40
- Kirkbymoorside Junior FC – £499.20
- Castle Community Network, Scarborough – £300
- Hull & East Riding Triathlon – £500
- Prince Philip Centre PHAB Club, Leeds – £1000
- Vulcan ABC CIC, West Hull – £500
- Thorpe United, Selby – £600
- West Hull Boxing Academy – £500
- Hull East Riding Arthritis Care – £500
- Wilberforce Netball Club, Hull – £500
- Live Well Project in Leeds – £923.71
- Humber Community Advice Services, Hull – £250
- Danby Rovers Disability Football Team, Leeds – £650
- The Genesis Project, Hull – £925
- East Hull Harriers & Athletic Club – £1000
- Edgehill Tenants & Residents Association, Scarborough – £250
- DRAMA Residents Association, East Hull – £997.50
- Friday Friends, East Hull – £1000
The Neil Hudgell Solicitors Trust
To be considered for a grant of up to £1,000, applicants must:
- be based in Yorkshire
- have a turnover of less than £25,000
- demonstrate the impact funding from the Trust will have on a local community in Yorkshire
In addition, projects must meet one or more of the following criteria:
- support grass roots sports and inspire sporting endeavour
- encourage educational aspiration – especially in deprived communities
- develop and support community projects which support the vulnerable and needy.
Funding cannot be provided for any of the following (this list is not exhaustive):
- Political activity
- Exclusively religious activities
- Services which are or should be provided by statutory services
- Activities based outside Yorkshire