Updates from Community Foundation for Merseyside

National Beacon Awards 2015!

Jamie Carragher wins prestigious national philanthropy award!

The 9th bi-annual Beacon Awards for Philanthropy were held in London on 21st April, with our very own Jamie Carragher winning an award for his philanthropy work with the Community Foundation for Merseyside and his 23 Foundation.

Hosted by Kate Adie, the biennial Beacon Awards celebrate the extraordinary and transformational achievements of individuals and families who have, each in their own various ways, brought about lasting social change through their conviction, their determination and their generosity. The awards celebrate their philanthropic achievements with the hope of inspiring others to want to follow suit. Since 2010 the Beacon Awards have been managed by UK Community Foundations which has a network of 48 community foundations that allows Beacon’s influence to spread throughout the UK to reach a diverse range of communities and philanthropists. Community Foundation for Merseyside nominated Jamie and his work on the 23 Foundation for a Beacon award in late 2014.

Jamie set up is his 23 Foundation with the Community Foundation for Merseyside in 2009, investing £1 million in an endowment fund after his testimonial in 2010 to ensure a lasting legacy for current and future generations. Since then the 23 Foundation has awarded around £310,000 in grants from the endowment to support 55 community groups and 20 individuals all over Merseyside, helping to build communities through sport. After Jamie’s testimonial at Liverpool FC, he wanted to give something back to the people of Merseyside to say thank you for their support during his time at the football club. Describing himself as ‘a local lad and in a privileged place’, Jamie decided to set up the 23 Foundation as a way to give young local kids a chance to develop their skills.

Jamie Carragher said: “Now I am in a fortunate position and able to give back it feels right to do that. I am pleased, but it is more about doing charity well. Everybody in charity deserves recognition.”

Cathy Elliott, the Community Foundation’s Chief Executive who attended last night’s ceremony and said:
“We would like to give Jamie a huge congratulations on receiving his award and thank him for all the hard work he has done for us, the 23 Foundation and many young people in Merseyside’s local communities.”

The Community Foundation will be celebrating Jamie’s Beacon award locally at Liverpool Football Club next Monday 27 April with their President Dame Lorna Muirhead, the Lord Lieutenant of Merseyside.

List of Winners of the National Beacon Awards 2015:

Honorary Beacon Fellowship
• Trevor Pears CMG

Beacon Award for Philanthropy
• Jamie Carragher
• Lord and Lady Harris DBE DL
• Bill Holroyd CBE DL
• Sir Peter Lampl OBE
• Jack Petchey CBE
• Sir Peter Vardy DL and Lady Margaret Vardy
• Sir Ian Wood CBE and Lady Helen Wood

Beacon Award for Cultural Philanthropy
• Jonathan Moulds CBE

Beacon Award for Impact Investment
• Suzanne Biegel

Beacon Award for an Outstanding Partnership Between a Philanthropist and a Charity
• Graham Clempson and Pilotlight

Beacon Award for City Philanthropy
• David and Claudia Harding

Beacon Trailblazer Award
• Ben Drew aka Plan B

Foundation hosts event at Goodison Park

Community Foundation for Merseyside hosts first ever Stakeholder event at Goodison Park

The Community Foundation for Merseyside hosted its first Stakeholder event on Monday 13th April as a way to thank current supporters for their involvement with the Foundation and to share our future ambitions demonstrating how working together can achieve the greatest possible social impact.

The event was held in the Dixie Dean Suite in Goodison Park, home to Everton Football Club. Our Chief Executive, Cathy Elliott opened the event with a short presentation highlighting the work of the Foundation and celebrating what has been achieved working with our current supporters and provided an insight into our aspirations for the future.

The event was hosted by our President, Dame Lorna Muirhead, Lord Lieutenant for Merseyside who, after welcoming everyone to the event, praised the Community Foundation for Merseyside for their achievements, and explained how important it is for philanthropists to continue to support the work of the Community Foundation helping to bring communities together.

Following the presentation guests were invited to discuss the work of the Community Foundation with Dame Lorna Muirhead and Board Chair, Arthur Roberts and the senior management team. After the close of the event, both guests and staff were able to visit the corporate hospitality suite which provided fantastic panoramic views of Goodison Park and a memorable photo opportunity.

To find out more about the work of the Community Foundation for Merseyside please go to www.cfmerseyside.org.uk or contact us directly on 0151 232 2444.

Thank you!

Surviving Winter 2014/15 a huge success:

We would like to say thank you to everyone who donated to the 2014/15 Surviving Winter Campaign. With your help we have been able to support vulnerable elderly people across Merseyside contributing to heating costs, transport, community groups and hot meals.

Now in its fourth year, Surviving Winter is a channel by which the Community Foundation for Merseyside collects donations from the public and “recycled” winter fuel payments from those who do not think they need it and would like to donate their allowance and know that it is helping someone who is genuinely in need.

Over the last four years, the Community Foundation for Merseyside has raised over £20,000 for the Surviving Winter Campaign, giving out grants to vulnerable elderly people and community groups across Merseyside.

As part of a national campaign with our umbrella organisation UKCF, the foundation network has raised over £700,000 this year with over 17,000 people receiving grants as part of the campaign.

We would like to see this figure continue to grow over the 2015/16 campaign, enabling us to reach those who need it most over the colder winter months, without your help we would not be able to achieve this.

Again we would like to say thank you to all those involved in this years campaign and we look forward to launching the 2015 campaign.

Accelerate with EY Foundation!

 “Accelerate is uniquely designed to look at financial performance and operational efficiency; helping social entrepreneurs address some of the most pressing issues facing their businesses. We offer tailored guidance and support, expert tutoring and project support”

EY Foundation, 2015.
The Accelerate programme by the EY Foundation is now open to young (18-30) social entrepreneurs and social enterprises with a focus on supporting young people into employment, education or enterprise.

The programme offers an unrivalled opportunity for social entrepreneurs to access business expertise to help enterprise growth and to increase social impact. Members of the programme will receive up to 18 months support and access to:

• A Business Coach
• Workshops
• Networking Events
• A Project Support Panel

For more information on this programme please visit the EY Foundation website.

Applications are open now for the North West. Applications close midnight Friday 24 April 2015.

23 Foundation dedicates 2015/16 to Alder Hey


The 23 Foundation has created a special partnership with Alder Hey Children’s Charity for 2015/16 to support the completion of the new Alder Hey Children’s Hospital. The 23 Foundation’s founder and Patron, Jamie Carragher wanted to support Alder Hey in their work as the busiest children’s hospital in the UK, seeing over 270,000 young patients each year, including 180,000 from Liverpool.

The new Alder Hey aims to provide an improved clinical service, based on effectiveness and efficiency. Their parkland will be used creatively as an integral part of their ‘clinical space’, to deliver rehabilitation services to their young patients. It will have 270 beds, including 48 critical care beds. Their 16 operating theatres will be state-of-the-art with the latest integrated technology, and a patient’s experience will be at the heart of all their design and digital developments.

The 23 Foundation will be supporting Alder Hey until 2016 and will be donating funds to especially help Alder Hey to create interactive digital entertainment and distraction in the radiology department to benefit 1,261 patients, a Neo Natal ‘Virtual Visiting’ service for parents of around 340 babies treated in the neo natal unit each year and a Sensory Garden to reduce stress and aid recovery for young patients.

Carragher’s support of the new hospital is not only charitable, but personal: “ When I was born I was treated in Alder Hey and the hospital has been important to me ever since. And when I played for Liverpool and now when doing my 23 Foundation work I visit Alder Hey each year to meet the amazing staff, brave patients and caring parents. It is a special place and I am proud to support Alder Hey as it builds its new hospital.”

The 23 Foundation will be open for general applications in Autumn 2015. 

Bridge Builder Community Fund


Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund invest in the health and well-being of residents in your communities

We are delighted to announce Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, leading provider of community health services in the North West of England is the latest donor to be working with the Community Foundation for Merseyside to distribute funding to projects that help to improve the health and well-being of people living in Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, Halton and St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Tameside, Trafford, Glossop, Stockport and Western Cheshire.

Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust has officially launched the Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund and look to hold their first panel in February 2015.

Staff, patients and volunteers at Bridgewater are passionate about giving something back into the communities in which they live and work and, are geared up for a number of exciting fundraising activities in 2015, including the Chief Operating Officer Colin Scales kayaking the Bridgewater canal. All monies raised through fundraising will go straight to communities for their benefit.

Jon Wells, Communications Manager at Bridgewater Community Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust comments, “The fund, which is administered by the Community Foundation for Merseyside has been newly established to raise money for direct redistribution into the communities in which we live and work. The main objective and priority is to fundraise monies to distribute small grants to local community groups who deliver activities to improve the health and well-being of residents in their local areas. Fundraising activities are well under-way and we are excited to host our first panel early this year”. 

The fund is open to community groups, voluntary and other not for profit organisations with charitable objectives based in one of the following areas: Ashton, Leigh and Wigan, Halton and St Helens, Warrington, Bolton, Tameside, Trafford, Glossop, Stockport and Western Cheshire.

Once the Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund is open for applications all information on eligibility, criteria and how to apply will be on our ‘Apply’ section on the website.

To support the Bridge Builder Community Trust Fund’s first fundraising activity please click on the link https://www.justgiving.com/Colin-Scales1/