Happy birthday celebrations for WightAID Foundation

Just three years after it was established, the WightAID Foundation has succeeded in smashing the £250,000 barrier in grants to community and charity groups on the Isle of Wight, thanks to the support of Island businesses.

The WightAID Foundation, which marked its third birthday with an afternoon tea event at Caffé Isola, was founded in 2017 by IFPL Chief Exec Geoff Underwood, to support businesses wanting to contribute to local community groups, charities and voluntary organisations that work to improve the lives of Island people.

With a thriving voluntary sector with over 1,500 separate groups operating on the Island, many businesses were being inundated with requests for support and found it difficult to decide who should benefit.

The WightAID Foundation helps provide an easy system for distributing funds, across the Island making it easier for both businesses and charities. Around 100 individual Island charities have benefited from support totalling £294,000 with projects focusing on social and community needs, education and training.

Over 30 businesses both large and small have already signed up as business partners to channel their donations through the foundation.

Anyone interested in getting involved with the WightAID Foundation can call 01983 555915 or email admin@wightaid.org.