The Maximus Foundation UK has announced £45,000 in donations to help charities impacted by the pandemic.
The award follows a donation of £50,000 to UK charities earlier this year, increasing the Foundation’s fundraising total to £95,000 in 2020.
The Foundation’s latest round of fundraising reflects its continued focus on helping local charities who have been affected by the Covid-19 crisis, providing 18 grants across the country to ensure vital local support is maintained and expanded.
Speaking about the latest round of donations, Di Briggs, Chair of the Maximus Foundation UK, said:
“The outlook for smaller charities across the UK continues to be very challenging, with fresh lockdown restrictions preventing many from resuming their normal fundraising activities and adding additional costs to their work. So, we’re delighted to make our second significant donation of the year, to help more local charities who share our commitment to helping disadvantaged or vulnerable people move forward with their lives.”
The charities were nominated by Maximus UK colleagues, and include organisations that deliver services to support vulnerable adults, children, and homeless people. Since its formation in 2015, the Foundation has donated £370,000 to UK charities. Funding for the Foundation is generated by Maximus colleagues and match-funded by Maximus UK.
Grant beneficiaries include the Midland Langar Seva Society, a Walsall-based charity which provides hot meals and food parcels to homeless people and those on the poverty line.
Bal Thandi, HR Manager at Midland Langar Seva Society, said:
“We are delighted to receive this award from the Maximus Foundation UK. The grant will help us to meet additional expenses as we continue our work through the winter months, including the provision of warm clothing and toiletries.”
Also receiving a grant is the Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust, an independent charity that provides volunteer drivers to take cancer patients to hospital appointments, clinics, and day-care facilities.
Frank Roy, Development and Fundraising Officer at Lanarkshire Cancer Care Trust, said:
“Receiving this award from the Maximus Foundation UK will help our charity purchase additional Covid-19 PPE, and will also be used to pay the fuel costs of our volunteer drivers who give us their time and vehicles to transport those cancer patients most in need in Lanarkshire.”
Dr Paul Williams, Division President of Maximus UK, said:
“The Maximus Foundation UK is all about supporting organisations that make a real difference in local communities and are close to our colleagues’ hearts. Given that the pandemic continues to disrupt life in communities throughout the UK, it is fitting that the Foundation has awarded a number of charities which help people who have been directly affected by the Covid-19 crisis.”