Foundation to improve city
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.