New grant-making Trust announces first awards in South and South West of England

The Hendy Foundation, which launched earlier this year, has announced its first beneficiaries, located across the south and south west of the country.

The Foundation was set up earlier this year by the Hendy Group, a new and used car dealership operating across the south of England, to provide grants to local projects, people and charitable organisations in the areas in which it operates.

Hendy Foundation provides grants from £500 to £5,000 to organisations in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, Sussex, Kent, Surrey and Devon with Hendy Group donating £2 for every retail car it sells, which is set to provide up to £50,000 in the first 12 months.

Beneficiaries come from across the south and south west and include those caring for people with cancer, a charity which works to prevent and respond to domestic abuse, a charity which caters for those who are blind or visually impaired and a military style community wind band that raises money for other charities.

The first beneficiaries include:

o Open Sight in Eastleigh which has been given £1,000 to fund a day out for blind and visually impaired people in the area.
o The Pickering Centre in Tunbridge Wells with £3,500 to help fund its drop-in centre for anyone affected by cancer, and
o Yellow Door, a Southampton-based charity that offers a range of free services to those who have experienced, or are at risk of, abuse as well as delivering workshops.

Details of Hendy Foundation and how to apply for grants are available on its website, while limited background information can be found on the Charity Commission website.