Five years of support for fel­low char­i­ties

‘Birth­day’ foun­da­tion helps those who help oth­ers

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Jack Abell jack.abell@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

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.”

Photo by Gary Man­hine

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.

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