The Asda Store in Basingstoke has awarded a cheque of £200 to the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF), through its local Community Champion scheme. Customers in the store were asked to vote for their preferred local causes using their green tokens received at the check-out.
The cheque was presented in-store to Cllr Dan Putty by Asda Basingstoke’s Community Champion Linda Butcher and this will be added to Cllr Putty’s Basingstoke & Deane Community Fund, administered by HIWCF. Cllr Putty set up the fund in 2013 while serving as Mayor of Basingstoke, and he now serves on the HIWCF board of trustees in addition to representing the area of Hatch Warren and Beggarwood as Councillor.
Dan Putty said “I would like to thank Asda and their customers for their support for the Foundation. HIWCF’s focus is on building stronger communities and giving people the support they need to help themselves. The Basingstoke & Deane Community Fund has previously supported local causes such as Test Valley Men’s Sheds and Warren Youth Club based in Hatch Warren helping these groups to provide vital services for local people in need. We aim to continue this good work for years to come and we welcome the support of successful local businesses, it has been a pleasure working with Asda Basingstoke on this occasion.
Jakes Ferguson, Chief Executive at HIWCF said “HIWCF is an independent charitable Foundation and the largest philanthropic grant-maker working exclusively across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. Our aim is very much aligned with the Asda Community Champion Scheme in that we support the local community groups and organisations that tackle deprivation and disadvantage in the local area. We aim to work with donors wishing to give something back to their local communities, where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to people’s lives. Last year we were able to target 70% of our £1.1m grant spend to the most deprived wards in our area.”
If you would like to find out more about HIWCF and our valuable work across Hampshire, Isle of Wight, Southampton and Portsmouth please look at www.hiwcf.com
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Photograph shows Cllr Dan Putty with Linda Butcher of Asda, receiving cheque
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About Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation
Registered Charity No: 1100417 – Registered Company Number 4534462
The Hampshire & Isle of Wight Community Foundation (HIWCF) is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and voluntary groups providing vital services for local people where often a few hundred pounds can make a real difference to their lives. Companies, individuals, families and trusts can establish a fund with the Foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. HIWCF is part of a national network of 46 Community Foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK. Local groups can take a look at the HIWCF website to see if they might qualify for a grant: www.hiwcf.com or email HIWCF at firstname.lastname@example.org