A grant of £15000 from the Garfield Weston Foundation will help fund tower and roof repairs at the Grade II* listed St James the Great church, Norton Juxta Kempsey, making the church watertight and preserving its historic fabric. In addition to these essential repairs this funding will help to enable much needed improvements to the heating and lighting of the building, enabling greater community use.
Rev Mark Badger said: ‘We are deeply thankful to the Garfield Weston Foundation for this funding which will help us not only to preserve the building which has stood at the heart of the community for over 900 years, but also make it fit for purpose for current and future generations. Adapting and improving our church buildings means that they can be a wonderful blessing both to worshipping communities and wider society. We believe that these repairs and improvements will establish St James as a much valued and well used asset at the heart of our rapidly expanding community.’
Established in 1958, the Garfield Weston Foundation is a family-founded charitable grant-making trust which now gives away approximately £80 million a year to charities across the UK. Having established one of the most respected charitable institutions in the UK, the Weston Family Trustees today remain highly active and hands-on. The Foundation’s funding comes from an endowment of shares in the family business – a successful model that still endures today and as the businesses have grown so too have the charitable donations.
Each year the Garfield Weston Foundation gives away its income and donations have continued to grow. Since it was established it has donated over £1 billion, of which over half has been given away in the past ten years alone. In the most recent financial year the Foundation gave away over £79 million to over 2,100 charities across the UK.