Regional accountants, business advisers and financial planners Lovewell Blake are celebrating a landmark year of supporting groups doing important work in their community – having given out over £21,000 of grants to charities and community groups, as well as passing an important fundraising landmark.
The firm launched its LB150
initiative in 2008 to mark its 150th anniversary, with the aim of raising £150,000 in five years. Having met this target, they decided to carry on fundraising, and the fund passed the £200,000 mark earlier this year – with staff and partners still enthusiastically getting involved in efforts to raise more money.“There are so many community groups providing the glue which binds our communities together, and that is why our staff and partners participate so eagerly in our fundraising efforts across the year,”
said Lovewell Blake Corporate Social Responsibility partner Gary Flatt.“It is these smaller, possibly lesser known organisations working at grassroots level in our communities which make such a difference, and the continued success of our fundraising efforts means that we have been able to increase the amount given out in grants in 2016.”
A total of £21,000 was shared between 14 community groups in November, with grants of between £940 and £2,000. Organisations receiving money included youth groups, mental health charities, projects to help isolated elderly people and organisations supporting victims of domestic abuse. The grants were decided by a panel of Lovewell Blake staff, assisted by the Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Community Foundations, which administer the LB150 Fund.
One group receiving a grant was 4Cs (Centres for Christian Care and Counselling)
, which offers counselling for people facing a wide range of issues, including depression, relationship and family difficulties, illness and bereavement. The group is staffed by qualified counsellors who volunteer their time to ensure the service is accessible and affordable for everyone.
A £1,000 grant has allowed 4Cs to equip a second counselling room, enabling the group to meet the rising demand for their support. The money has been used to furnish a comfortable, welcoming and private space where clients can have counselling sessions.“The number of people we are seeing has more than doubled in two years,”
said Kathryn Habershon, director at 4Cs. “We desperately needed a second counselling room to meet demand.“The ambience in the counselling room is so important when making clients feel safe and able to open up, so we have spent our grant on comfortable furniture, soothing lighting, and blinds so that the room is completely private.“This money from Lovewell Blake will make a huge difference to our ability to provide therapeutic care and counselling for the local community, and we are very grateful to their staff and partners for all the support they have given us.”Pictured above: Kathryn Habershon of 4Cs (left) and Becca Sibley of Lovewell Blake in the newly-equipped counselling room.