Meet the Heselden Family

Meet the Heselden Family 

Local businessman and philanthropist, Jimi Heselden, donated £23 million to the Foundation before he sadly passed away in 2010. His legacy lives on through the family’s Endowment Fund – Jimbo’s Fund.

Supporting a range of projects that help those in need, Jimbo’s Fund has had a massive impact on local communities across the city. More recently, Jimbo’s Fund has  supported the renovation and development of the Old Fire Station in Gipton, Leeds, into a fantastic multipurpose community hub.

What do you love about Leeds?

We were all born in Leeds and are very proud of the city. People are friendly and look out for each other. I guess this is why Jimi was drawn to Leeds Community Foundation in the first place — it provides an opportunity to help your fellow Leeds residents.

Why did you set up a Named Fund with Leeds Community Foundation?

Loved by all who met him, Jimi was a big believer in giving something back to people who have not been as fortunate as he was. Having grown up in East Leeds, the local community was close to his heart, and he wanted to make a positive difference to the lives of local people. Following his death, we wanted to create a lasting legacy for Jimi — so we transferred our Fund into endowment so it can help generations to come. The Foundation are a continuous support — we trust in their ability to know the needs of the city and always find worthwhile projects that will add value and make the most of our donation.

To date Jimbo’s Fund has distributed £15,827,016 in grants and supported 281 community projects.