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News | Ashford charity receives grant from Gatwick Airport

Date Posted: 6th November 2018

Gatwick Airport today announced the latest round of Gatwick Foundation Fund grants, including a charity in Ashford.

Fareshare is one of the charities announced. They receive good quality food and redistributes it to school breakfast clubs, hospices, day centres, care homes, luncheon clubs, holiday hunger schemes and homeless shelters – to save them money. Funding will be spent on a van and to fund delivery costs so they can reach charities and community groups in West Kent.

The fund distributes a total of £300,000 in grants with the funding split evenly between projects in Sussex, Surrey and Kent, with each receiving £100,000 each year. To date, 118 organisations and more than 55,000 people have benefited since it was launched late in 2016.

Ian Townsend-Blazier, Business Development Manager, FareShare Kent, said:

"Our grant from the Gatwick Foundation will enable us to expand our service and deliver to West Kent…so we are able to take more good quality surplus food which would have been destined for waste, and redistribute this to local charities and community groups, creating them an average saving of £7,900 on their catering costs which can then be reinvested back to that community."

Gatwick's Foundation Fund is part of the airport's commitment to share the benefits the airport generates with its local communities. This work remains a priority and the proposals set out in Gatwick's new draft master plan would see the airport generating even greater benefits for future generations.

Gatwick Airport's Community Engagement Manager, Melanie Wrightson, said:

"We are delighted to be awarding another round of grants from our Foundation Fund to community projects across Sussex. Each organisation does incredible work and we have purposely chosen them as they help young people, vulnerable families or the elderly.

"We support community projects as it's a great way for us to share some of the benefits we generate among local people who, perhaps may not directly benefit from the jobs or other economic contributions we bring to the region. Our exciting new draft master plan sets out how we might grow so that we can continue to support local communities with this vital investment for generations to come."

Kent, Surrey and Sussex Community Foundations manage the programme and assess all applications for their county. These local trusts and foundations raise funds for and make grants to local charities and community groups, and also manage grant funds on behalf of a wide range of donors, including companies, charities and private individuals. To find out how to apply to the Gatwick Foundation Fund, please contact your local Community Foundation; www.kentcf.org.uk or by calling 01303 814500.

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