Wiltshire Community Foundation Annual Celebration 2018


SUPPORTERS, partners, trustees and staff past and present gathered to mark a year of successful fundraising and grant giving at the Wiltshire Community Foundation’s annual celebration this week.

More than 100 people packed into Salisbury Arts Centre to look back at a year of work and to launch the foundation’s Impact Report, which details how £1.2million has been given away in grants and highlights some of the projects it has been spent on.

Chief executive Rosemary Macdonald told the audience she was delighted the celebration was being held in Salisbury in support of all the city had been through in the previous six months.

She also reminded the audience this year marks not only the tenth anniversary of her joining the foundation but also ten years of its One Degree More programme, which provides university bursaries for young people.

She said: “It’s amazing, we have sent so many young people to university providing that little extra bit of support for them, which has made the difference in some cases of them going or not. We have been delighted to work with so many of our voluntary sector partners like Young Carers and people like that who identify young people with potential who can go to university and refer them to us.”

She said she was delighted that some of the young people the foundation has funded were at the celebration, including mezzo soprano Clover Kayne, 20, who is studying music and classical voice at the Guildford School of Music and poet and writer Tessa Duell, 21, who got a First in English at the University of the West of England.

Clover wowed the audience with two arias while Tessa drew huge applause after performing a poem she wrote called Yesterday.

Another One Degree More alumni at the celebration was Rhianna Selkridge-Carty, 21 who studied at the Fashion Retail Academy in London thanks to a grant.

Mrs Macdonald also paid tribute to grants manager Jonathan Whitehead Whiting for his work with the One Degree More programme and his dedication to the young people helped by the foundation.

He was joined on stage by the alumni to cut a special cake marking the programme’s tenth anniversary.

Mrs Macdonald thanks all of the foundation’s supporters, volunteers and trustees for their help during the year. “We couldn’t do any of our work without you,” she said.

Sebastian Warrack, creative director of Wiltshire Creative, also spoke and congratulated the foundation on it work.

The foundation is grateful for investment management firm Quilter Cheviot for sponsoring the wine for the evening and to Smith and Williamson for sponsoring the Impact Report.

You canview all the images from the evening in the photo gallery below. Happy viewing!

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