A newly launched charitable foundation has announced that it will be focussing on supporting local charities and community groups across Yorkshire.

The Age Partnership Charitable Foundation, which began as a concept amongst the directors of the Leeds-based retirement specialist, Age Partnership, almost two years ago, has already provided funding to six deserving causes, and is actively seeking new grant applications.

Christopher Neave, chairman of the Age Partnership Charitable Foundation, said: “Our vision for the Foundation is to create a source of funding for local charities, community projects, voluntary groups, individuals carrying out good work, and other good causes that are making a positive difference here in Yorkshire.”

The Foundation is calling for local charities and good causes looking for funding towards specific projects or goals to get in touch at  www.agepartnershipfoundation.com. Individual grants awarded will typically range from £250 - £2,500.

One of the first charities to receive a grant was St Leonard’s Hospice in York, an independent charity, providing specialist palliative care and support for people in the local area with life limiting illnesses. The Hospice received £1,700 to purchase a new Toe Doppler machine for its Lymphoedema Clinic.

Julie Shepard, the specialist Lymphoedema Sister at the Hospice, said; “We are so grateful for the donation from the Age Partnership Charitable Foundation. We were previously using an old machine which, due to its age, and a broken battery cover, proved to be difficult to take readings. The new machine allows us to be more accurate and provides more reliable results. It has also massively improved patient comfort – it really is a fantastic addition to the Hospice.”

Other organisations that have already benefited from grants include:

£1,000 to assist with the transport costs of the women it supports and its voluntary outreach workers.

£300 to purchase paints, wood stain, gardening tools, plant pots, seeds, compost and flowers for the hospice. The garden materials were used by staff from Leeds-based mortgage lender Pure Retirement during their ‘Make a Difference’ volunteering days. The Pure employees refreshed the garden at the hospice to make it a more enjoyable space for the patients and visitors.

£1,000 for the organisations on-going work to help families struggling with debt in the region.

£1,500 for a bespoke tour kit for a team of 30 girls aged between 11 and 18 to wear on their trip to Belfast to see the Women’s Rugby World Cup. The Foundation is proud to promote Women in sport.

£1,000 to help with the Association’s on-going Financial Support Grants and Equipment Loan Schemes which are vital to the people affected by this incurable disease.

Andrew Thirkill, chairman and founder of Age Partnership, added: “We are a Yorkshire company with a true passion for our county. There are so many fantastic causes and people doing great work out there in our region who just need a bit of support – and as we have grown as a company we are now in a fantastic position to be able to set up the Charitable Foundation, donate a percentage of our profits annually, and truly give back to our communities across the region.”

Although the primary intention of the Age Partnership Charitable Foundation is that the recipients of its grants will be based in Yorkshire, it will not discount large, established national charities applying for grants, as long as the monies given will benefit the local area.