Sur­vivor char­ity dis­bands af­ter dis­tribut­ing £6m

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY NEWS - BY LIANNE KOLIRIN

FIFTY HOLO­CAUST sur­vivors and refugees will gather at JW3 next week to mark the wind­ing up of a char­ity which has helped them and oth­ers with dis­burse­ments to­talling more than £6 mil­lion.

The Six Point Foun­da­tion was es­tab­lished in 2011 with some of the pro­ceeds from as­sets of the Otto Schiff Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion. Its goal was to “help im­prove the qual­ity of life for in­di­vid­u­als of Jewish ori­gin liv­ing in the UK who ex­pe­ri­enced Nazi op­pres­sion and who faced dif­fi­cult fi­nan­cial cir­cum­stances”.

Since then, it has sup­ported some 350 peo­ple with around £2 mil­lion in grants for goods and ser­vices. A fur­ther £2.5 mil­lion has been awarded to or­gan­i­sa­tions sup­port­ing sur­vivors and refugees and the sep­a­rate £2 mil­lion SPF Con­nect com­puter project is en­abling hun­dreds to get on­line.

Grants have been awarded via the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Refugees, the Holo­caust Sur­vivors’ Cen­tre, the Agu­das Is­rael Hous­ing As­so­ci­a­tion and Bikur Cholim and North Lon­don Bikur Cholim. They have helped ben­e­fi­cia­ries in a range of ways — from home adap­ta­tions to wheel­chairs.

A 12-minute film about the foun­da­tion’s achieve­ments will be shown at the farewell re­cep­tion.

Fi­nal ap­peals for po­ten­tial ben­e­fi­cia­ries have at­tracted a big re­sponse.

“We had close to half a mil­lion pounds in re­quests in the last week,” re­ported Su­san Co­hen, the SPF ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor. “We are still as­sess­ing them but we could fund them all.

“In all hon­esty, it has been the great­est priv­i­lege of my life. When does any­one have the op­por­tu­nity to set some­thing up, see it all the way through and see how much dif­fer­ence it makes?

“It’s a very emo­tional time and we are re­ally grate­ful we have close re­la­tion­ships with our five part­ner or­gan­i­sa­tions who will con­tinue to ad­vo­cate for our clients.”

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