15
November
2016
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12:04
Europe/Amsterdam

Project helping Richmond’s isolated elderly residents gets backing from Charity Bridge Trust

The City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, City Bridge Trust, has awarded a grant of £102,000 to Age UK Richmond upon Thames to develop their community services for older people across the Borough.

The grant will be used towards the salary of a part-time Community Services Co-ordinator and will support the costs of a project working with isolated older people aged 75 plus.

Age UK Richmond upon Thames is a well-established voluntary sector organisation supporting the interests of older people through a range of information and support services.

It supported over 9,800 older people during 2015-16 on a one-to-one basis, an increase of 28 per cent on the previous year.

David Farnsworth, Director of City Bridge Trust, said:

“We are thrilled to award such a worthwhile charity with funds to support their vital services for people over 75. City Bridge Trust is London’s biggest independent grant giver, making grants of £20 million a year to tackle disadvantage across the capital. It helps achieve the Corporation’s aim of changing the lives of hundreds of thousands of Londoners.”

Sandra Morrison, Chief Officer at Age UK Richmond upon Thames, added:

“We are absolutely delighted to be awarded this three-year grant towards our Community Services programme. This grant will enable us to deliver even more activities in a range of local venues and locations across the borough, to make our activities accessible for even more people over 75 years. We really appreciate the support of City Bridge Trust.”

City Bridge Trust provides grants totalling around £20 million per year towards charitable activity across London.

Between September 1995 and March 2016, City Bridge Trust awarded 185 grants for a total amount of £5,299,413 to organisations based in Richmond upon Thames.

The charitable funder is committed to supporting Londoners to make the City a fairer place to live and work.

ENDS

For more information please contact:

Kristina Drake, Media Officer - The City of London Corporation

07710860884 / 020 7332 1125 Kristina.Drake@cityoflondon.gov.uk