Eight charities in Greater Manchester and Cheshire have received grants of up to £20,000
The Equilibrium Foundation, the charitable giving arm of Equilibrium Financial Planning LLP, has donated an additional £65,000 to local charities after a successful year of fundraising in 2021.
Charities were nominated by members of the Handforth-based firm, before the final eight donation recipients were selected by the Equilibrium Foundation board of trustees and in-house philanthropy expert, Andrew Evans.
The Booth Centre offers advice, activities and support to Manchester’s homeless community. Nominated by investment analyst, James Carr, the charity will receive a £20,000 grant. This will give The Booth Centre additional resource to continue to fight homelessness in the city.
Receiving £10,000 each are Birmingham-based Little Hearts Matter, the only national UK charity offering help to anyone affected by the diagnosis of single ventricle heart condition, and Rekindle, a supplementary school for students in South Manchester who are failed by the mainstream system, and led by young people who know what their peers need. The organisations were nominated by client manager, Jordan Roe, and head of culture, Sarah Warburton, respectively.
Women in need charity, Emmeline’s Pantry, was nominated by client manager, Ben Alves, and will receive £5,000 to continue to provide women in Manchester with access to food, toiletries, baby equipment and clothes. Head of best practice, Sarah Hammond, nominated Millie’s Trust, based in Cheadle Hulme, to receive £5,000 that will enable first aid training to be readily available for minimum costs in as many places as possible.
Two charities that support children and young adults, Friends for Leisure and Wingate Special Children’s Trust, will both receive £5,000. Friends for Leisure, nominated by accounts assistant, Anne Parrott, helps disabled young people in Cheshire East to enjoy friendship and leisure, and Nantwich residential centre for those with disabilities or who are disadvantaged, Wingate Special Children’s Trust, was nominated by technology manager, Amanda Jackson.
The final charity to receive £5,000 is Norbrook Youth Club, nominated by client manager, Sarah Coleman. The multi-purpose facility and community centre in Wythenshawe was established over 60 years ago and offers weekly sessions to young people in a safe environment.
Debbie Jukes, Partner at Equilibrium and Foundation trustee, said: “We are so pleased that the efforts of The Equilibrium Foundation in 2021 allowed us to donate this extra £65,000 to the local community, in addition to regular grants through our Community Support Scheme and other activities. The eight charities selected are all doing meaningful and essential work to support people in need, and it is an honour to be able to assist them. We will continue to give back to the local community and look forward to the launch of our new grant making programme during 2022 to further support more organisations who need help.”