Five years of support for fellow charities
‘Birthday’ foundation helps those who help others
A CHARITY is celebrating its fifth anniversary this month.
The Clare Foundation was established by entrepreneur Mike Clare in 2009, and it was designed to help charities to become more effective and efficient by using recognised commercial methods.
It works from
the Saunderton Estate which it shares with a more than 25 charities including the National Trust, Child Bereavement UK, Bucks Business First and smaller organisations like Kids in Sport and the Buckinghamshire Disability Service.
It recently launched a programme called Charity Incubators to allow new organisations to get their charitable statuses under the umbrella of the Clare Foundation without the need to establish themselves as an independent registered charitable entity.
Mr Clare said: “We’re very proud of our achievements over the last five years. We’re delighted to be housing an eclectic mix of charities in the Clare Charity Centre where we are almost at capacity.
“We have ambitious plans for the future looking to offer new services in collaboration with other sector partners and further develop our Charity Incubators programme.”
He added: “Charities and not-for-profits often suffer from restricted access to support as their resources can be limited.
“It’s really important to continue offering services and advice that allow them to develop and maximise their social impact.” BUCKS NHS staff were rewarded for their work and commitment to their jobs at a prize ceremony.
At the event, which took place on Monday, October 20 at the Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, 11 individuals and teams were given awards for going the extra mile.
They met TV presenter Sian Williams and were entertained by the Bucks Health Choir.
Winners included Elizabeth Cole, matron at the National Spinal Centre, who took first prize for the patients’ choice award.
Lifetime achievement award winners, Ann MacKenzie and Jenny Carro, were recognised for their combined 89 years of service, and a special award was given to the critical team for their efforts.
Staff nurse Vivienne Pearce was also rewarded for making Christmas hampers for patients in the community who would be spending the festive season alone.
Chairman of Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust Hattie Llewleyn-Davies said to staff at the event: “The same words keep coming up like ‘humbling’ and ‘above and beyond’.
“We do some fantastic things, which is what is so great about the NHS, and you personify it. Keep doing what you do so brilliantly.”
HONOURED: Lifetime achievement award winners Ann MacKenzie (left) and Jenny Carro (far right), TV’s Sian Williams and David Howe from the runner-up recruitment team at the Bucks NHS awards.