Construction Firm Lays Foundation For Future Grants With Donation

Manchester based McGoff Construction has made a £500 donation to We Love Lichfield. The firm has been working in Lichfield for the past six months constructing the 70 bed; The Spires care home for client; Barchester Healthcare on the Stafford Road, Lichfield

Simon Price, Arthur Price CEO and Patron of We Love Lichfield received the donation and said: “A huge thanks to McGoff. It’s wonderful to hear that a firm from out of the area, who have got to know the district during the build project heard about our work and thought they’d like to make a donation.”

Sarah Sanderson, Sales & Marketing Manager at McGoff Construction said; “As with all of our construction projects across the UK we are committed to supporting local communities in any way we can. We Love Lichfield is an excellent initiative which is purely focused on supporting local community groups and organisations, helping to create a lasting legacy for the district.”

We Love Lichfield is a local fund that provides small grants to a wide range of projects based in Lichfield District. The fund aims to give away £25,000 every year to community groups and organisations through small grants forever. For more information please visit: http://welovelichfield.com

McGoff Construction Ltd is a UK based, privately owned, multi award winning construction and integrated support services business based in Altrincham. An Investors in People Gold accredited business, McGoff Construction directly employs over 100 people and operates on a national basis for an impressive blue-chip client base. For more information please visit: http://www.mcgoffconstruction.com/

We Love Lichfield Patron Simon Price Visits Computer Group Which Received Support From The Fund

We Love Lichfield, And Now Computers

We Love Lichfield’s Simon Price and Julian Fisher recently spent a morning with the Whittington Community Computer Club to see how the money the Fund has given to them is making a difference.

Started five years with the help of a We Love Lichfield grant, the group now consists of three weekly groups with over 70 people attending. John Gilbert, founder and organiser of the Club said: “We started with the aim of helping older people who needed support in using computers – things like staying in touch with family members via Skype. Many of our members are indeed over 65 and haven’t had much computer training or have experience, and yet want to use the technology to connect with people. Many have previously felt isolated and lonely. But now they have the skills to not only communicate with friends and family but also use the technology to watch films and TV programmes online, even pay their bills. We have professional IT trainers who look after everybody’s needs. Everyone goes at their own pace, there is no pressure.”

John’s wife Wendy is a fellow organiser. She said: “We have been supported by We Love Lichfield on a number of occasions and we can’t thank them enough. Their continued support has enabled us to provide not just an education service but create a friendship group. And not just in Whittington. We also have a new group at Lichfield Fire Station making three weekly sessions across the district.”

Wendy continued: “The group isn’t just about computers. We have some people who use the group because of friendship…some who are full-time carers use the sessions as a break in their duties which is extra special.”

The Club cover subjects including emails, Skype, social media including Facebook and Twitter, watching television and films online, cloud storage, paying bills and security and viruses. There are now three groups – Whittington Village Hall (Tuesdays 11:15-12:15), St Giles Hospice (Thursdays 1-3pm) and a new session at Lichfield Community Fire Station (Wednesdays 1-3pm).

Simon Price, Patron of We Love Lichfield said: “The Whittington Community Computer Club is why We Love Lichfield does what it does. The training given creates opportunities but also helps keep people safe online. It’s also a great friendship group and it was our privilege to pop in and see the Club in action and I’m not embarrassed to say some of the members knew more about computers than me.”

For more information on the computer club visit www.whittingtoncommunitycomputergroup.co.uk or call 01543 301690. To apply for grants across Lichfield district visit www.welovelichfield.com

Simon Price Appointed Vice-Chair Of Community Foundation

The Community Foundation For Staffordshire has appointed two new Vice Chairs as it targets becoming one of the biggest of its type in the UK. Simon Price, CEO of cutlery firm Arthur Price and Stafford-based procurement consultant Jonathan Andrew will help steer the community grant and fund management organisation through the next few years as it expands, whilst ensuring it delivers its key objectives of helping those in need.

 

Jonathan is a former President of Stafford Chamber of Commerce and spent 10 years volunteering for Young Enterprise in Stafford.   Before he started Baswich Business Services, he was the Deputy Chief Executive of Business Link Staffordshire.

 

Simon Price, is the Chief Executive of cutlery and gift firm Arthur Price.  He is the fourth generation to be at the helm of the of the 115 year-old company. Patron of community fund We Love Lichfield, ex Sheriff of Lichfield, Simon has been a Foundation Trustee since 2013

Their respective roles are to support the growth of the Community Foundation For Staffordshire as it targets fund value of £20m by 2025.  Simon will focus on raising awareness of the Foundation and leading its local community funds. Jonathan will lead on governance and ensuring the grants awarded make an impact.

Steve Adams, Chief Executive of The Community Foundation For Staffordshire said: “We are growing every year and expect to have funds valued at £20m by 2025 which would see us as one of the biggest of its kind in the UK.  We celebrate ten years in operation in 2018 and have grown significantly in the past few years giving away over £1m per year across the county.  The positions of Vice Chair have been created to ensure we not only hit the target, but mostly importantly increase the amount we can distribute to those in need and organisations that make a difference to our communities.”

Anyone who wants to find out more about The Community Foundation For Staffordshire call 01785 339540 or visit www.staffsfoundation.org.uk

The Community Foundation is a team of professional local community fund and grant managers based in Stafford.  Non-profit making, they create and administer benevolent funds and grant giving schemes for philanthropists, business, central Government and local authorities who want to create a lasting local legacy giving away over £1m every year to Staffordshire voluntary organisations and charities.

Picture caption:  L-R.  Steve Adams, CEO of the Community Foundation; Simon Price, Jonathan Andrew, Roger Lewis, Chairperson of the Community Foundation.

Large We Love Lichfield Donation

Arthur Price has announced that it’s Perfect Christmas event in November has raised £1760 for We Love Lichfield.  The event was a roaring success with over 140 people attending the special evening event and through raffle ticket sales and a donation by Arthur Price of £10 during November 2017 for every £100 spend in its Lichfield shop, the event raised a large amount for The Fund.

 

The event was hosted by Arthur Price in association with other Lichfield businesses who all staged Christmas demonstrations.  These included Le Reve Bar of Bird Street, local celebrity private chef Simon Smith, Worth Brothers of Beacon Street, Jemma’s Floral Displays of Tamworth Street, Catherine’s Cakes on Burntwood and Robert Broad Travel.

 

Arthur Price CEO Simon Price, Patron of the We Love Lichfield Fund said: “Another £1760 in the pot means we have more money to give away to voluntary groups across the district. I’d like to thank all the business who supported the event and who together have raised such a fantastic figure.  It really does show that the District of Lichfield is a great place to live and work”

 

Launched in 2011, the We Love Lichfield Fund considers applications from local groups across the District in need twice a year.  Companies and individuals are welcomed to donate or fund-raise for the Fund. All money is invested through a permanent endowment fund registered by charity the Community Foundation For Staffordshire on behalf of We Love Lichfield in line with charity commission guidelines. The interest and dividends earned on the invested money is then distributed by the ‘We Love Lichfield Fund’ as small grants across the district. The beauty of this model is that it will provide a source of on-going funding that can be used for many years to come.  For more information visit: welovelichfield.com

 

Pictured: (L-R) Celebrating Lichfield are Sharon Cassidy, Simon Price and Bev Shepherd in the Arthur Price Lichfield Shop.

Large We Love Lichfield Donation

Arthur Price has announced that it’s Perfect Christmas event in November has raised £1760 for We Love Lichfield.  The event was a roaring success with over 140 people attending the special evening event and through raffle ticket sales and a donation by Arthur Price of £10 during November 2017 for every £100 spend in its Lichfield shop, the event raised a large amount for The Fund.

 

The event was hosted by Arthur Price in association with other Lichfield businesses who all staged Christmas demonstrations.  These included Le Reve Bar of Bird Street, local celebrity private chef Simon Smith, Worth Brothers of Beacon Street, Jemma’s Floral Displays of Tamworth Street, Catherine’s Cakes on Burntwood and Robert Broad Travel.

 

Arthur Price CEO Simon Price, Patron of the We Love Lichfield Fund said: “Another £1760 in the pot means we have more money to give away to voluntary groups across the district. I’d like to thank all the business who supported the event and who together have raised such a fantastic figure.  It really does show that the District of Lichfield is a great place to live and work”

 

Launched in 2011, the We Love Lichfield Fund considers applications from local groups across the District in need twice a year.  Companies and individuals are welcomed to donate or fund-raise for the Fund. All money is invested through a permanent endowment fund registered by charity the Community Foundation For Staffordshire on behalf of We Love Lichfield in line with charity commission guidelines. The interest and dividends earned on the invested money is then distributed by the ‘We Love Lichfield Fund’ as small grants across the district. The beauty of this model is that it will provide a source of on-going funding that can be used for many years to come.  For more information visit: welovelichfield.com

 

Pictured: (L-R) Celebrating Lichfield are Sharon Cassidy, Simon Price and Bev Shepherd in the Arthur Price Lichfield Shop.