This beautiful part of Somerset is not only where Thatchers Cider is located, it’s our home. Four generations of Thatchers living and working in this community, where many of our staff also live too.
So naturally, we want to support good causes that make life better here. That’s what led to the creation of the Thatchers Foundation, with a donation from the family kick-starting an ongoing programme of fundraising to support worthy local causes.
Launched in 2016 the Thatchers Foundation is a completely independent charity. Our trustees are Martin Thatcher, Anne Thatcher, Philip Smith, Mike Williamson, Andrew Farron and Kelli Coxhead – drawn from the Thatcher family, Thatchers Cider and the local community.
Over the years we’ve awarded a large number of financial grants – however much of the support given also comes through the donation of time and physical help.
Here’s some of the good causes we’ve supported so far!
THE GREAT WESTERN AIR AMBULANCE CHARITY
The Thatchers Foundation helped to fund potentially three lifesaving missions for Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.
On average the cost of each mission is £1,750 and the charity needs to raise £3m a year to function.
Anne Thatcher said, “This is a lifesaving service and none of us knows if we’ll ever be called on to use it. But if we do, with the required funding, we’ll all have peace of mind that its there for everybody, right across our region”.
“We are so grateful for the support of the Thatchers Foundation. We receive no day-to-day Government funding, so are reliant on the local community and grant-givers to run our lifesaving missions”. Kate Baldwin, Trust and Grants Coordinator Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.
Click here to find out more about the Great Western Air Ambulance Charity: Great Western Air Ambulance Charity.
BARTON CAMP, WINSCOMBE
Barton Camp is a residential activity centre for children, run by Bristol Children’s Help Society. Situated in the Somerset countryside, on the outskirts of Winscombe, it’s one of the longest running residential adventure camps for children in the country.
The Bristol Children’s Help Society subsidises camp stays to ensure young people with any form of disadvantage can experience outdoor adventure.
The Thatchers Foundation has made a £50,000 donation to Barton Camp, allowing much needed refurbishment work and improvements to take place at the centre over the coming months.
Adding to the already fantastic life experiences at Barton Camp, new play and activity equipment will be purchased with the donation, including sturdy football goalposts; the swing area will be renovated; new posts and signage will be produced for a fascinating and informative nature walk, as well as for an orienteering course. To secure the safety of the children around the swimming pool area, an upgrade to the surrounds with a new non-slip material will be carried out.
Barton Camp is a fully accessible 101 bed residential centre; schools, youth groups and children’s charities all enjoy stays at the camp, as do family groups and other organisations.
APPLESHED INCLUSIVE THEATRE COMPANY
The Thatchers Foundation were pleased to donate funds to support the work of this highly innovative theatre group in Congresbury.
Appleshed helps people with a variety of special needs, as well as none, to create inclusive theatre events to explore their creativity through drama, music, song and dance. An incredibly important way to share our common humanity.
Anne Thatcher said, “This is an awe-inspiring theatre group that has ambitions to start more sessions in other Somerset towns and villages. We’re delighted to present them with this donation”.
“Our groups and the performances we stage are truly joyful and encourage integration across all abilities … This is a very generous and welcome donation”. Jan Thomson, Founder of Appleshed.
Click here to find out more about the Appleshed Inclusive Theatre Company: AppleShed Inclusive Theatre Company – Inclusive Theatre.
THE TRAILBLAZERS LADIES WALKING NETBALL CLUB
The Thatchers Foundation supported the Trailblazers with a donation towards new kit for the growing club.
Like many other ‘walking’ sports the Trailblazers Walking Netball Club, based near Weston-Super-Mare is making a valuable contribution to helping the over 50s stay fit. And many are picking up the joys of netball for the first time. What’s not to like!
Kelli Coxhead said, “This is a truly inspirational group … It was great to see a group of women full of energy, enthusiasm and camaraderie”.
“These are a fantastic group of ladies who are all in their 50s, 60s and 70s and although many have health issues, they support and help each other … The girls and I are thrilled with the donation from the Thatchers Foundation which makes such a difference to us”. Angela Bass, Organiser of the Trailblazers Walking Netball Club.
Click here to find out more about The Trailblazers Ladies Walking Netball Club: (10) TrailBlazers Ladies Walking Netball | Facebook.
THE REACH OPPORTUNITY CENTRE
The Thatchers Foundation supported the fundraising efforts of the Reach Opportunity Centre in Weare for new kitchen facilities.
The grant will help this important local organisation which supports young adults with learning difficulties learn important life skills and gain self-confidence. And a lot of that is cooked up in the kitchen.
Anne Thatcher said, “The centre carries out inspirational work, and it’s clear the young adults benefit enormously in many different ways”.
“We’ve had some amazing success stories with the young people using the skills they’ve developed here to go on to jobs and apprenticeships in the local community … We’re very appreciative of the donation from the Thatchers Foundation which is a real boost to our fundraising”. Jill Swingler, Joint Founder of Reach Opportunity Centre
Click here to find out more about The Reach Opportunity Centre: ABOUT US | reach (reachcentre.org.uk).
AVON & SOMERSET SEARCH & RESCUE
The Thatchers Foundation gave a grant towards new VHF Digital Radio equipment for this vitally important team in the region.
The Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue volunteers work across 1800sq miles throughout Bristol, Bath and Somerset, often in difficult, steep and waterside terrain, supporting the emergency services in locating missing persons. It is supported entirely by fundraising efforts.
Mike Williamson said, “With the Mendips on our doorstep we are very aware of the commitment and dedication of the volunteers … They deserve to have the most effective equipment to support them in their challenging work”.
“We rely on financial support to keep us going, we are therefore very grateful to the Thatchers Foundation for this donation which will be put to valuable use”. Chris Thring, Chairman of Avon & Somerset Search and Rescue.
Click here to find out more about Avon & Somerset Search & Rescue: Avon and Somerset Search and Rescue (assar.org.uk).
The Thatchers Foundation provided a grant to help give The Space a permanent home in Cheddar.
The Space is a charitable organisation in the Cheddar Valley offering critical support to 9-8 years olds in mental health and emotional wellbeing. They also run an allotment that provides a safe space to allow the therapeutic benefits of gardening to take root.
During these particularly difficult times, the charity has become increasingly aware of the anxiety, depression and even suicidal intentions expressed by young people in largely rural locations – these tendencies also being reported in schools.
The Foundation is delighted to support this local organisation working with often neglected issues in the life of our communities.
Click here to find out more about The Reach Opportunity Centre: ABOUT US | reach (reachcentre.org.uk).
Inspired by the Ben Saunders Foundation’s desire to create holiday memories with family and friends, we have been delighted to contribute to their fundraising appeal, supporting young adults and children with cancer across the UK.
Click here to find out more about The Ben Saunders Foundation: Home | Ben Saunders Foundation
THE HARVEY HEXT TRUST
The Harvey Hext Trust is a small South West charity that supplies bespoke, wooden memory boxes to children who have lost a sibling, with each box being personalised for the bereaved child. The Trust also runs a valuable support group for bereaved families.
Click here to find out more about The Harvey Hext Trust: The Harvey Hext Trust – a Siblings Wish.
STRAWBERRY LINE CYCLE HIRE PROJECT
The Strawberry Line Café in Yatton, Somerset is a not-for-profit organisation that trains and employs adults with learning disabilities. The café has been open for 9 years and is a valued part of the community; used by locals, walkers, cyclists and more.
The team have recently set up a new cycle hire project at Yatton train station to allow people to hire bikes to ride along the strawberry line and through the Somerset countryside.
Click here to find out more about the Strawberry Line Cycles project: Bike Hire Somerset. Rent adult, kids & adaptive bicycles online (strawberrycycles.com)
ARK at Egwood CIC
Community Interest Company ARK at Egwood has received a donation from The Thatchers Foundation to help in the important task of ensuring their car park area is fully accessible to all.
ARK (Acts of Random Kindness) is an inter-generational, therapeutic day facility at Egwood, on the outskirts of Merriott in Somerset. It offers a range of activities, experiences and support services to improve health and wellbeing, and for gaining new skills, by providing meaningful and worthwhile experiences. All land-based, food and flower production, animal husbandry, hedge laying and dry stone walling are just a few of the activities available for people with differing needs and ages. In fact, the youngest is 9 and the oldest 72.
We were very pleased to donate £4,700 to ARK to help make their carpark wheelchair friendly, enlarging and resurfacing it. “Your support has not only given us more room for people to safely park, and enhanced the area so it is now more suitable for people of all abilities, but it also makes the first impression of ARK so much nicer” they said. “It has made the world of difference to us”.
The Freewheelers serve the NHS and communities across Somerset, Bristol, Bath, West Wiltshire, and South Gloucestershire. Their services are provided free of charge and are funded entirely by public donation and sponsorship. They transport blood, pathology & microbiology specimens, patient notes, X-rays, breast milk, and other medical supplies plus deliver every night to two local Air Ambulance bases. In 2019, they made over 6,000 deliveries, riding more than 170,000 miles.
Freewheelers EVS is run entirely by volunteers and The Foundation were delighted to support them with funds to continue running one of their bikes for 6 months – within which it would cover 12,500 miles saving hundreds of lives. Click here to find out more about The Freewheelers: Freewheelers EVS – Freewheelers EVS Blood Bikes .
The Samaritans Weston-super-mare & North Somerset volunteers have been helping people in the Weston Super Mare and North Somerset area for more than 40 years. Part of the South West region of Samaritans, their branch covers a large area including Weston Super Mare, Blagdon, Burnham on Sea, Clevedon, Portishead and Wedmore. Volunteers at the branch respond to calls and emails from people locally and across the country. In 2019 volunteers at our branch answered 14,025 phone calls, over 1,016 emails and more than 900 text messages from people experiencing emotional distress.
The Foundation were delighted to support the branch with funds for individual headsets for volunteers when the Covid-19 pandemic hit. Click here to find out more about the The Samaritans: Samaritans | Every life lost to suicide is a tragedy | Here to listen
THE WILDLIFE TRUSTS SOMERSET
The Wildlife Trusts Somerset are committed to working with the people of Somerset to help recover our natural world and halt the decline in the number and type of species in the county. Connecting local people with the amazing natural world in Somerset is therefore an essential part of their conservation work.
The Foundation have worked with the trust to help them maintain the health of the woodlands under their protection across the county to create a more sustainable future for wildlife and people. Click here to find out more about the The Wildlifes Trusts Somerset: Home | Somerset Wildlife Trust
The Thatchers Foundation welcomes applications for single grants that would make a real difference to organisations, groups or individuals within four specific areas: Health, Social or Economic Disadvantage, Education or Environment.
If you are an individual or organisation resident in the UK, you can apply to the Foundation for a grant by filling in an online application form or downloading and application form and returning it to the team at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please read our terms and conditions first – thank you.
Terms and Conditions
PLEASE READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS CAREFULLY BEFORE FILLING IN YOUR APPLICATION TO THE THATCHERS FOUNDATION. HAVING READ THE TERMS AND CONDITIONS, IF YOU CONSIDER YOUR APPLICATION MEETS THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE FOUNDATION PLEASE FILL OUT AND RETURN AN APPLICATION FORM.
- The Thatchers Charitable Foundation is established for general charitable purposes for the benefit of the general public.
- It has a particular focus on people living or working within Somerset, and in particular within Sandford, Winscombe and adjoining villages.
- It invites applications for grants of support falling within one of the four categories:
- Social or economic disadvantage
- Applicants must be resident in the UK
- The Foundation will not consider applications for grants from:
- Charities registered outside of the UK
- Political parties
- People living outside of the UK
- Grants are generally made up of single payments. However, where appropriate, grants for period of longer than one year may be considered.
- If a grant is made of more than £5,000, the recipient is required to provide a follow-up report within 10 months of receiving the grant.
- All grants are made at the discretion of the Trustees.
- Upon request, recipients of grants must be willing to be available for photography and partake in media/publicity/marketing materials.
- Applicants that have been awarded a grant, or have been unsuccessful in their application, may not re-apply within 12 months.
- All applicants must complete an application form. There is no deadline for applications and all will be acknowledged. Applications will be reviewed by the Trustees. All successful applicants will be notified in writing.
- To comply with the Data Protection Act 1998, applicants are required to consent to the use of personal data supplied by them in the processing and review of their application: this includes assurance by the applicant that personal data about any other individual is supplied to the Foundation with their consent.
Charity Reg No. 1161391 Thatchers Foundation, Sandford, BS25 5RA
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