Celebrating 25 years of good deeds

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A CHARITY fund which has handed out £21 million to worthy causes around South Yorkshire is marking its 25th anniversary.

The quarter century of South Yorkshire Community Foundation will be recognised with a celebratory lunch at Cutlers’ Hall tomorrow, hosted by Andrew Coombe, High Sheriff of South Yorkshire.

Guests include civic dignitaries, representatives from businesses, voluntary organisations and trusts, as well as generous individuals.

The event will be the first of a range of events taking place over the next 12 months to celebrate SYCF’s 25th year.

The luncheon will celebrate achievements since the foundation was created in 1986 and look forward to the challenge ahead over the coming years, with the voluntary sector set to take on a more important role providing services in the wake of Government cuts.

High Sheriff Mr Coombe said: “The foundation has done a superb job co-ordinating financial support for organisations around the county. Never has a time been more pressing than now for that kind of assistance.”

Since being established, South Yorkshire Community Foundation has awarded 6,344 grants to community and voluntary groups worth £21.7 million.

It has managed 129 charitable funds for local communities and built up £7 million in endowment funding, which is invested with the interest used for grants.

Work by the foundation included managing the South Yorkshire Flood Disaster Relief Fund after the 2007 floods, which received £1.6 million in donations – handed out to 2,343 households and 45 community groups.

The foundation has also run a Grassroots Grants Endowment Challenge to secure £3.5 million of funding for community groups.

■ How the foundation has supported communities. See The Star on Monday.