Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion

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ASOUTHPORT busi­ness has made an in­cred­i­bly gen­er­ous do­na­tion to sup­port causes in the lo­cal com­mu­nity.

Gem­ini Fi­nance has do­nated a whop­ping £20,000 to Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion to boost the funds it has avail­able to help peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area.

The com­pany, which is based in South­port but cov­ers the whole of the UK, is a lead­ing in­de­pen­dent in­vest­ment and fi­nance com­pany.

The owner, Si­mon Barn­fa­ther, first heard of Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion around the time of its in­cep­tion in 2014 and Gem­ini Fi­nance has sup­ported the charity since then, at­tend­ing events and be­ing a main spon­sor.

Iain John­son, of Gem­ini Fi­nance, said: “The rea­son that we par­tic­u­larly like to sup­port Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion is be­cause it’s a lo­cal charity that sup­ports lo­cal peo­ple and lo­cal causes.

“We are on­go­ing spon­sors of CLF but we wanted to do some­thing extra to help the charity and de­cided to make the do­na­tion so they are able to help more of the wor­thy causes that they sup­port all year round.

“As a lo­cal busi­ness we feel that it is im­por­tant to sup­port lo­cal causes so Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion has al­ways been the per­fect fit for us.

“In the com­mer­cial world that we are usu­ally so heav­ily in­volved with, it’s re­ally good for us to be able to do some­thing nice. We fully in­tend to con­tinue to sup­port Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion in the fu­ture.”

Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion cov­ers South­port, Formby, Orm­skirk, Burscough, Hes­keth Bank, Ruf­ford, Banks and the ar­eas in be­tween and dis­trib­utes grants to peo­ple, or­gan­i­sa­tions and com­mu­nity groups who are in need of fund­ing to im­prove their lives.

It re­ceives ap­pli­ca­tions for grants which are con­sid­ered by a board of trustees.

Enda Ry­lands, chair of the board of trustees, said: “This do­na­tion from Gem­ini Fi­nance is re­ally gen­er­ous and very much ap­pre­ci­ated.

“It will make a real dif­fer­ence to the amount of grants that we are able to give out and this in turn will make a huge dif­fer­ence to peo­ple’s lives. The do­na­tion that they have made will re­ally help peo­ple in this area, so they can be as­sured that it will be used well by peo­ple who re­ally need it.

“We are so grate­ful to Gem­ini Fi­nance for their con­tin­ued sup­port.

“With­out the sup­port of busi­nesses like this, we wouldn’t be able to do any­where near as much to help peo­ple and or­gan­i­sa­tions in the area.

“Thank you so much from ev­ery­one at Com­mu­nity Link Foun­da­tion.”

To find out more about CLF go to www.clfoun­da­

Enda Ry­lands, chair of the CLF board of trustees, and Iain John­son, of Gem­ini Fi­nance, with the £20,000 do­na­tion

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