The grants range from £4,000 to £440,000, and the charities receiving the funds include:
o National Star: A Gloucestershire based charity providing young disabled students education and personalised learning opportunities alongside transition and accommodation services. A £440,000 donation will be used towards its ‘Building a Brighter Future Project’, a new £6 million residence for students with complex disabilities in Gloucestershire.
o The Wingate Special Children’s Trust: The Cheshire based charity aims to allow those with SEND to be active, improve their health and mental wellbeing and to grow in confidence through its inclusive residential and sport & recreation facilities. The £195,000 donation will provide support with running costs over the next three years.
o Annie Mawson’s Sunbeams Music Trust: A £25,000 donation will support a number of its programmes, including ‘Music for Dignity’, which delivers weekly music sessions to physically disabled adults attending day centres, residential homes and at the Sunbeams Music Centre.
Julia and Hans Rausing commented:
“We have always focused the majority of our Trust on supporting charities that widen opportunities and improve wellbeing and health outcomes. The 41 charities we have selected provide help for people who require significant assistance on a day-to-day basis.
“To meet the complex needs of people with disabilities requires highly skilled and compassionate individuals as well as state of the art equipment and facilities, which are becoming more expensive through the cost-of-living crisis. The charities we are funding are all doing essential work and we are pleased we have been able to help them in continuing to deliver their services.”
To date, the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust has provided over 1,000 grants totalling more than £330 million but does not generally accept unsolicited applications. Funding is given to organisations working within three main areas: health and wellbeing; welfare and education; and arts and culture.
The full article can be accessed on the Trust’s website.