There are over 41,000 children living in poverty in Bradford which has been ranked as the 5th most income deprived local authority in England.
Since 2012 LCF has invested over £3.8m to support community projects and small charities across the Bradford, which in turn have benefitted over 155,000 local people.
But there is still much that can be done to support the district. Last year in Bradford alone, the Foundation awarded £593,000 in grants, but had to turn away many worthy applicants.
In response to this need, LCF has recently launched the #GiveBradford campaign to provide businesses and individuals with the opportunity to support the local communities who desperately need support.
Set up in consultation with a Steering Group of Bradford business leaders, the #GiveBradford campaign aims to galvanise support to create positive change in local communities by encouraging investment into the Third Sector. It will address local issues and support local people through two strategic giving mechanisms:
– The 100 Club membership scheme unites business leaders who care about Bradford district and want to play their part.
– Named Funds provide an opportunity for local companies and individuals to set up their own charitable Fund allowing them to direct their money to the causes they care about whilst supporting people across the Bradford district.
Launched on 30th November at the historic Salts Mill, the event brought together leading Bradford businesses and individuals to celebrate the beginning of the campaign and kick start its 100 Club patronage scheme.
With a number of businesses and individuals already backing #GiveBradford, the launch event which was sponsored by City of Bradford MDC and NatWest saw a number of new members get involved and pledge their support.
Kate Hainsworth, Deputy CEO of LCF, said: “Through #GiveBradford, we want to work in partnership with local businesses to increase community investment across the district and support people and communities that need it most.
Over the past year we have met with a number of companies and local entrepreneurs across Bradford district who are extremely passionate about supporting their local community. The campaign will provide a way for businesses to give back and make a positive difference locally.”
Christeyns are one of the first businesses to join the 100 Club. Christeyns Managing Director and President of Bradford Chamber of Commerce, Nick Garthwaite, said:
“I’m a strong believer in contributing to the wellbeing of the communities and think it is important for businesses across Bradford to come together for the greater good of the district. I think the #GiveBradford campaign provides a platform for businesses to learn more about local issues and use their networks to help local people who need our support.
This is why we are proud to join the 100 Club and hope more people will get involved with this important campaign for our city.”
Christeyns joins other founding 100 Club members including ECSC Group plc, Kersten England CEO of Bradford Metropolitan District Council, Malik House, Pitts Wilson, LCF Law, Packetts and Provident, among others.
To join the growing list of 100 Club members or find out more about the #GiveBradford campaign visit: www.givebradford.org.uk