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In re­sponse to Leila Levine’s crit­i­cism of Dame Vivien Duffield’s gen­eros­ity, which she feels ben­e­fits only Lon­don Jewish com­mu­ni­ties ( Let­ters, Oc­to­ber 9), I would point out that, in 2007, Dame Vivien es­tab­lished Sparks: The Clore Jewish De­vel­op­ment Fund, specif­i­cally to sup­port Jewish com­mu­ni­ties out­side of Lon­don.

Com­mu­ni­ties as di­verse as Leeds, Bris­tol and Glasgow have all ben­e­fited from Sparks awards. In 2009, the fund made 14 awards to­talling over £94,000 to sup­port in­no­va­tive Jewish ac­tiv­ity out­side of Lon­don. This fol­lowed on from awards of £96,262 made in 2008 and £93,490 in 2007. Sally Ba­con Exec di­rec­tor, Clore Duffield Foun­da­tion Flood Street, Lon­don SW3

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