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Following over four years as Secretary to the Foundation, Rasik Kotecha has decided to move on to his other interests. The Foundation thanks him for the time he has spent with us and the excellent service he has provided to both Trustees and our supported charities.

We are pleased to announce that our new Secretary, Graham Wesson, joins us from June 2023 and can be contacted by the usual e-mail at 


We are delighted to confirm Elizabeth Paton has agreed to join us  as our newest – and youngest -  trustee.  With a law degree education as her  foundation, Elizabeth has transitioned from volunteering at Citizens Advice to a paid position  where she offers debt advice, financial education, post social media content among other services. She is also an avid fundraiser for various charitable causes. She says “ These experiences have given me first hand insight into the pressing issues affecting local residents, igniting my passion to make a difference”.

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Branching Out is a charity based in Littleport that supports adults with learning difficulties in a variety of work experience and social activities. Activities include the running of two shops, growing plants from seed and making garden decorations. For a number of years, the Foundation has made an annual donation as a contribution to the running of the charity. During a recent visit to their site by two of our trustees, Bob and Roger, the need for a new work bench for the service users was identified.

The trustees agreed that we would make an additional one off donation of £1114 to enable this to be purchased.


The Foundation has been a long-term supporter of the Cambridge branch of the Samaritans. Their premises have recently been reconfigured to enable them to deal with more callers.

The Trustees were approached as part of a fund raising drive to enable the installation of a stair lift to make it possible for volunteers and visitors who are  wheelchair users, and others who struggle with stairs, to  access all parts of the building – the final step in the improvements project.

A  donation of £2500 has enabled the charity to complete its fundraising and to place an order for the purchase and installation of the stair lift – a demonstration of their commitment to being an inclusive and diverse organization.


Cambridgeshire Older People’s Enterprise (COPE) is a charity that represents people aged over 50 , speaking up on issues affecting this age group. Based in Cambridge’s Victoria Road, it fulfils various health related functions, including social contact, friendship support and a bi-monthly newsletter.

 The Foundation was pleased to agree a donation of £1655 recently to enable it to extend its Zoom based discussion groups.


Frozen Light is a small charitable theatre company that creates original multi sensory theatre for audiences with profound and multiple learning difficulties. 

Based in Norwich, they tour throughout the UK. On November 7th and 8th their new show “The Bar at the Edge of Time” is being presented at the Cambridge Junction. In response to a request for sponsorship at this local venue, we agreed to make a contribution of £2000 to that performance.


Cambridge Cyrenians is the longest standing charity delivering support services for homeless people in Cambridge. Currently, through its network of 21 properties, it is providing single room supported accommodation to over 100 individuals as they make the move from homelessness towards independence and their own tenancies. The charity supports the physical move of the individual and their belongings at every stage.

The charity approached the Foundation for financial support in the purchase of a new electric van to facilitate these moves and to end the need to use expensive removal companies. Much successful fundraising had already taken place and at its recent meeting the Trustees were delighted to donate the £2800 necessary to enable the van purchase to proceed.