Foun­da­tion to im­prove city

Bath Chronicle - - BUSINESS -

A foun­da­tion launched to sup­port the im­prove­ment of Bath held its in­au­gu­ral fundrais­ing event to cel­e­brate. Novia Foun­da­tion has been set up to help projects and ini­tia­tives for the ben­e­fit of peo­ple in and around the city. The first event at the Ro­man Baths at­tracted more than 100 dig­ni­taries in­clud­ing mayor Patrick An­ketell-jones and fea­tured a char­ity raf­fle and in­tro­duc­tory speeches. Novia Fi­nan­cial CEO Bill Vasili­eff said: “Novia as a com­pany has been fundrais­ing since it was es­tab­lished in 2008. The Novia Foun­da­tion was the next log­i­cal step for­ward af­ter our first 10 years. We are thrilled to be sup­port­ing this ini­tia­tive.” Trustee James Sav­age thanked all those who at­tended “a hugely en­joy­able evening”. He said of the event: “We were de­lighted to be able to raise money and hear from some of our char­i­ties as to how that has al­ready been put to good work.” The raf­fle and do­na­tions on the night raised around £3,000 all of which will go to lo­cal causes, help­ing to sup­port and im­prove lives. £1,000 cheques were also awarded on the night to West of Eng­land Men­tor­ing, Men­tor­ing Plus, High Lit­tle­ton Pre School, Cirences­ter Hous­ing for young peo­ple, St Peter’s Hospice and £1,750 to Great Western Air Am­bu­lance to fund one of their mis­sions.

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