New £1.6m fund to boost health and well-being of Northamptonshire people

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A new fund worth £1.6 million has been created to help improve the health and well-being of people in Northamptonshire.

Northamptonshire Community Foundation has linked up with the Northampton Queen’s Institute Relief in Sickness Fund to deliver the funding into the community.

The relief trust was set up in 1971 and has gone from strength to strength.

Michael Orton-Jones, former chairman of the fund, said: “A sensible approach to investment, and the negligible cost of running the charity through Shoosmiths in the fund’s early days, has allowed it to grow magnificently over 40-odd years.

“The Northamptonshire Community Foundation has all the professional support and expertise to enable it to deal with the daily management issues confronting us and the trustees of the Queen’s Institute are confident this charity, which has done so much to help the health of the inhabitants of Northampton, will continue to prosper under the guidance of the Community Foundation.

Foundation chief executive, Victoria Miles, said: “Through the Community First Endowment Challenge for Northamptonshire, we have been able to increase the value of the fund from just over £1 million to £1.6 million.

“This will make a positive and lasting difference to so many people in our county and we would like to thank the trustees of the Northampton Queen’s Institute Relief in Sickness Fund for enabling us to establish this fund and to Hewitsons LLP who managed the transfer on our behalf.

“We provide a service to those who are interested in making a difference locally, helping donors achieve their charitable wishes and building stronger communities for our county,” she said.

The foundation gives out funds to some of the county’s most vulnerable and in need people.