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Highgrove rewards local charities in recognition for their hard work

Highgrove rewards local charities in recognition for their hard work

Small grant beneficiaries visit Highgrove in recognition of their contribution within local communities.

Highgrove Enterprises were delighted to recognise the valuable contribution that four local charities have made in each of their communities during an afternoon at Highgrove on 15th April 2019. All four charities were awarded funding through the Small Grants Committee of The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund (PWCF) in February 2019. Over the last 20 years, PWCF has awarded grants of more than £70 million to charitable projects in the UK and overseas.

The Prince of Wales and the Trustees anticipate that PWCF's grant making programme would make a significant difference to people and their communities.

Two social enterprises, Duchy Originals Limited and Highgrove Enterprises, donate their profits to PWCF. This income supports their grant making activities, enabling PWCF to fund a wide range of good causes including health and well-being, young people and education, environment, rural areas and sustainable farming.

Two representatives from each charity were welcomed by Christine Prescott, CEO, Highgrove Enterprises before joining a spring walk through the Royal Gardens and some afternoon tea. 

Christine Prescott, CEO at Highgrove Enterprises, which operates garden tours, events and retail enterprise to raise money for The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund, firmly believes that the contribution these charities are making in the community cannot be underestimated. 

Christine commented: “We were delighted to host and welcome these charities to Highgrove and have the opportunity to thank them for the tireless work they do in our local communities, supporting people of all ages and from all types of backgrounds.”

The four charities out of the many charities PWCF and Highgrove are proud to support are;

  • Hope for Tomorrow, Tetbury
  • Mentoring Plus, Bath

  • One25, Bristol

  • Stroud District Kids Stuff, Stroud

Hope for Tomorrow are a Tetbury based charity bringing cancer care closer to patients via their Mobile Cancer Care Units. They develop, build, provide and maintain these units so that cancer patients can receive high quality treatments locally, without spending significant time traveling to main oncology departments.  The funding granted will help to keep the wheels turning on their fleet of 12 Mobile Cancer Care Units and 12 nurses support vehicles across this community-based treatment service. 

Tina Seymour, Chief Executive, Hope for Tomorrow commented “Hope for Tomorrow would like to extend their deepest thanks to The Prince of Wales’s Charitable Fund for their generous grant. This money will help us continue to provide cancer care to patients in their local communities, including Gloucestershire, which is where the idea for our units was first conceived, and where we launched our first Mobile Cancer Care Unit back in 2007. With supporters like PWCF, we will be able to continue to alleviate an additional stress for people at one of the most difficult times in their lives.”

Mentoring Plus is a charity which supports the young and most vulnerable people aged 8 to 21 across Bath and North Somerset region.

Jamie Luck, Director, said “This grant will help towards the cost of recruiting and training adult volunteer mentors, who help us support children and young people across our county struggling with school, family difficulties or mental wellbeing. Our mentors make an incredible difference to each young person, building confidence and aspirations, keeping them safe and helping them plan for a positive future.”

Bristol based charity, One25, supports women facing street sex work to break free from violence, poverty and addiction. The funding provided will support their “Peony” project for women with complex needs in early recovery from addiction. This project was launched in September 2018 and provides activities 3 days a week 12.30-7.30 to build self-esteem, employment and financial skills.  Peony is supported by Peer Volunteers with lived experience and gives women space to build resilience and sustain their recovery.

“One25 are delighted to have support from PWCF for our Peony service, which helps women to build self-esteem and skills so that they build new independent lives. This funding will help to give women the space they need to build resilience and sustain their recovery” commented Chief Executive Anna Smith.

Stroud District Kids Stuff provides support for the most vulnerable children in the community and empowers mothers to improve their current situations by offering flexible working opportunities and the basic items their children need to thrive.  The funding will support women through economic empowerment, increased confidence, increased employability and decreased isolation.

Viki Lee, Founder said “We were thrilled to hear that we had been successful in our funding application. Kids Stuff provides essential work within our community with a baby bank, onsite shop and community sales. The funding will help us to support families even further by enabling us to offer flexible employment for parents.”