Organisations supported during the period 6 April 2015 to 5 April 2016 are listed below, for previous years click on the links:


Care & Treatment

Beds & Northants Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre – To continue to provide Oxygen Treatment to people with MS.

BiPolar UK – Supporting the work of Bipolar UK in Bedfordshire.

Bliss – The National Charity for the Newborn – Recruit, train and support five volunteers across the 4 neonatal units in the Luton Cluster Neonatal Network, covering Bedfordshire.

British Epilepsy Association – Continuing to providing a telephone helpline.

Centre for All Families Positive Health (CAFPH) – Support for the allotment project.

Child Brain Injury Trust – Support towards co-ordinator’s salary.

CLIC Sargent – Financial support for families suffering from cancer in Bedfordshire.

Huntington’s Disease Association – Specialist HD Adviser for Bedfordshire.

Macmillan Cancer Support – Macmillan Grants Programme in Bedfordshire.

Maggie Keswick Jencks Cancer Caring Centres Trust – Support for Maggie’s Wallace Centre in Cambridge.

Meningitis Now – Support towards Community Support Officers in Bedford and Luton.

Migraine Action Association – To develop and deliver a cascade model of learning.

Motor Neurone Disease Association – Regional Care Development Adviser in Bedfordshire.

Multiple Sclerosis Trust – Producing and distributing the ‘Making Sense of MS’ resource in Bedfordshire.

Multiple System Atrophy Trust – Costs to support their Nurse Specialist to further develop her work within the Bedfordshire area, for anyone affected by MSA.

National Association for the Relief of Apnoea – Bedfordshire Care Programme.

Newlife Foundation for Disabled Children – Provide specialist equipment for disabled children.

PBC Foundation – Contribution towards ‘The Bear Facts’ magazine. Paying for the production and distribution of eight issues to our members in Bedford, over the course of two years.

Rapid Effective Assistance for Children with potentially Terminal illness (React) – To provide specialist equipment.

Shine – Seeking funding to cover service costs to continue their work in Bedfordshire.

Sue Ryder – Funds towards Palliative Care Nurses at St John’s Hospice in Bedford.

The AKU Society – Support for the AKU Society ‘Bedfordshire Support and Social Fund’.


Myaware – Provide support from the local Regional Organiser, in Bedfordshire.


Keech Hospice Care – Support the work of Keech Hospice Care.


L & D Hospital Radio – Purchase of replacement computers.

Luton and Dunstable Hospital Charitable Fund – Purchase of a blue light cystoscopy device.

Nursing & Help

British Red Cross Society – Community Connection; a pilot community gardening project.

East Anglian Air Ambulance – Purchase of an Oxylog ventilator.


Benevolent Organisations

ABF The Soldiers’ Charity – Bedfordshire Committee – Care of seven former soldiers within Bedford, who have fallen on hard times.

Ex-Services Mental Welfare Society (Combat Stress) – Support towards Community Services.

Housing & Homeless

BECHAR (Bedford Concern for the Homeless and Rootless) – Wages for a Day Centre Cook, for a 12 month period.

Emmaus Village Carlton – To renovate and refurbish currently underused space in an existing on-site building.

King’s Arms Project (Bedford) – King’s Arms Project (Bedford).

Luton Accommodation and Move-on Project (LAMP) – Support towards costs of running the Resettlement Programme. In particular the IT and database costs.

Signposts (Luton) – Client Support Co-ordinator (Key Worker).

Children & Youth

Bedford Open Door – Support to continue delivery of their services.

Bibles for Children – To help up to ten Primary Schools in Bedfordshire; some 2,000 children will receive a free personal Bible to use in school for Religious Education.

Crescent Summer School Project – Project to empower young people.

Happy Days Children’s Charity – Support to provide leisure time experiences for 75 children from Bedfordshire.

Kids Out UK – Fun Day.

Lewsey Farm Learning Centre Trust – Project targeting unemployed adults.

Luton Sea Cadets – To purchase a new safety boat.

Mitalee Youth Association – Support to provide a range of culturally and religiously appropriate innovative and attractive social action programmes,

Prince’s Trust – Continuation and development of local programmes.

Sorted Counselling Services – Deliver emotional and psychological support to children and young people in Dunstable and the surrounding Bedfordshire area.

Tall Ships Youth Trust – Contribution to enable 3 young people from Bedfordshire to participate on a voyage.

UpRising Leadership – Bedford Leadership Programme 2016-2017.

WellChild – Create an outdoor space that eight year old Lois can use to join her siblings in play.

Youthscape – Support for the daily drop-in at the Youthscape building and support for young people in care.


Age Concern Luton – Wellbeing Service in Luton.

Age UK Bedfordshire – “I&A”: FREE Information, Advice and *Community Support Services for Bedfordshire’

Bedford Guild House – Programme of Activities.

Oakley Rural Day Care Centre – Continue to provide their varied programme.

Community Development

Access2books Ltd – Distribute 100 of our books into the hands of disabled children or adults who need the access to share the stories.

All Saints Church, Leighton Buzzard – Support for All Saints Church choir’s events calendar for 2016.

ASR Community Ltd – The Summer Project

Bedford and District Citizens Advice Bureau – Support for a new project icalled ‘Enable’.

Bedfordshire Rural Communities Charity – Part-time Village and Community Agents.

Cardington PCC – Support for Cardington PCC

Church Lane Community Association – Support towards the salary of an administrator, who would also act as the centre manager.               Dunstable & District Citizens Advice Bureau – Part-time Administrator at Dunstable Citizens Advice.

East Beds Community Bus Ltd – Raising Funds for a replacement Mini Bus.

Elstow PCC – Support for Elstow PCC.

Friends for Life Bedfordshire – Care home resident befriending scheme within Bedford Borough

Friends of the Old School, Oakley – Conservation of an outbuilding

Harrold Centre – History in the making project.

Leighton Linslade and District Citizens Advice Bureau – Support towards the Money Advice Casework Service

Luton Irish Forum – Support for the Welfare Service.

Need Project Central Bedfordshire – Funds towards the cost of a van.

Need Project Central Bedfordshire – To allow the charity to continue and expand their work.

NOAH Enterprise – Support for NOAH’s catering costs.

Penrose Roots – Support for the Bide-a-while community garden.

Shortstown Heritage – Funding towards a new stone built village entrance gateway for Shortstown.

Southill PCC – Support for Southill PCC.

St Michael’s Church, Bedford – Support for St Michael’s Church, Bedford.

St. Mary the Virgin, Goldington, Bedford – Alterations and repairs to the church hall.

Stopsley Baptist Church – GreenHouse Mentoring in 2016, and providing a fuller service.

Whitbread Wanderbus Ltd – To purchase two electronic ticket machines, one for the new bus and one to update the older bus.

Disabled Groups

Autism Bedfordshire – 2016 Summer Activity Schemes.

Bedford & District Cerebral Palsy Society – Support with core costs for 2016/17.

Beds Garden Carers – Education and Independent living skills courses.

Brainwave Centre Ltd – Delivering individual home based therapies and exercises to help children with disabilities reach their full potential.

British Wireless for the Blind Fund – To provide four blind or partially sighted people in Bedfordshire with their specially adapted ‘Concerto 2’ combined radio/audio player, on free loan.

Changing Faces – Skin Camouflage Service in Bedfordshire.

Families United Network (FUN) – Funding towards the purchase of a minibus.

Family and Children’s Early-help Services (FACES) – Annual salary of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO).

HF Trust Ltd – A new Transition Service initially for six young people (aged 16 to 25) with learning disabilities, who live in Central Bedfordshire.

KIDS – KIDS Bedfordshire Short Breaks.

Listening Books – To provide new and renewing members in Bedfordshire with free access to an audiobook service.

Luton Shopmobility – Support for the services provided.

National Deaf Children’s Society – Support for the families of deaf children in Bedfordshire.

Queen Elizabeth’s Foundation for Disabled People – Support for the Art programme as part of their Neuro- Rehabilitation Service.

Rett UK – Support for Telephone & Electronic Support Services (TESS).

Revitalise – Support to provide 10 one week respite holidays for disabled people and their carers from Bedfordshire.

Royal National Institute of the Blind (RNIB) – Talking Books Service.

Special Needs Out Of School Club in Beds (SNOOSC) – Support for the activities of the Club.

Spinal Injuries Association – Peer Support Officer Salary .

The Wheelyboat Trust – Supply a fully disabled-accessible Wheelyboat to Caldecotte Xperience Outdoor Education Centre near Milton Keynes.

Tibbs Dementia Foundation – Music 4 Memory Service.

Transitions UK – Support fro their Achieve Project.

Whizz Kidz – Delivery of their equipment provision services in Bedfordshire.

Family Life & Moral Welfare

Child Bereavement UK – Part time support worker.

Children with Cystic Fibrosis Dream Holidays – A respite break for a family from Bedfordshire.

Children with Cystic Fibrosis Dream Holidays – A respite break for 5 families from Bedfordshire.

Friends of CHUMS – Wanting to provide an full service to the whole of Bedfordshire.

Gingerbread – Gingerbread’s peer support groups in Bedfordshire and Biggleswade.

Prisoners’ Education Trust – To enable seven prisoners from Bedfordshire to access distance learning courses, advice and guidance.

Relate Bedfordshire and Luton – To provide 132 hours of free counselling to carers of people with dementia.

Road Victims Trust – Funding to provide counselling and emotional support.

Tilehouse Counselling – Providing professional counselling sessions for adults and young people.

Twins & Multiple Births Association (TAMBA) – Supporting multiple birth families in Bedfordshire.

Unseen – Provide training for statutory agencies and increased capability for the new and enhanced modern slavery helpline to be located in Biggleswade, Bedfordshire.

Yarl’s Wood Befrienders – To support core costs of operating their main services.


Bedfordshire Refugee & Asylum Seeker Support (BRASS) – Supporting 400 beneficiaries transition from dependency and vulnerability, to independence and integration.

Cruse Bereavement Care – Salary of the part time Client Service Co-ordinator.

ReUse Centre Limited – A contribution towards core costs.

Safety Centre (Hazard Alley) – To continue offering, free of charge, internet safety lessons to children in Luton & Bedfordshire schools.

Shri Guru Ravidass Sangat – Setting up a weekly (48 weeks) Lunch Club for the over 50 age group.

Suzy Lamplugh Trust – To train two clusters of peer educators in Bedfordshire.

The Hope Programme – Supporting victims of abuse.

Turn2us – Bedfordshire Tackling Poverty Programme 2016/17.




Park Town Pre-School – Create a lending library.

First Give – To continue running the First Give programme.

Schoolreaders – To assist the expansion of the charity, and to attract other funders in order to become a sustainable charity.

Young Enterprise – To run five of their signature Company Programmes.



Blind in Business – Assisting eight graduates from Bedford who need help and support with job applications. They plan to get them to travel to London to work with them in their offices until they find employment.

The Hayward Club – Requesting funding for ongoing operational costs for the coming year.

Training & Employment Other

Open Doors Training and Development Trust – Support for the work of Open Doors.


Art & Art Galleries

&Co (Formerly Bedford Creative Arts) – Support for a new initiative The Culture Challenge.

Ark Culture – Arts provision of twice weekly sessions for young people aged 11-16 years of age.

Living Paintings Trust – Free library service.

Dance & Music

Connaught Opera – A free concert entitled “In An English Country Garden” at English Heritage Wrest Park, for older, isolated people in the Bedfordshire community.

Leighton Buzzard Music Club – Concert on Saturday 25th March 2017 at Leighton Buzzard Library theatre.

Luton Music Club – A series of 20 classical music concerts.

Music in Hospitals – Twenty concerts to be delivered over the course of 12 months.

Northern Ballet – Goldilocks and the Three Bears tour to the Dunstable Grove Theatre.

Philharmonia Orchestra – Continuing and expanding the Hear and Now programme in 2016-2017.

Revellers Steel Band – ‘Luton is the place for me! Bringing communities together through the sounds of steelpan’.

Spitalfields Music – 40th Anniversary Project Spitalfields Music.

Drama & Theatre

Chickenshed – Subsidised tickets for underprivileged families in Bedfordshire.

Full House Theatre Company – Support for core running costs.

Phoenix Performing Arts Trust – An educational package for use in schools, colleges, youth organisations and anti- trafficking organisations, using their film ‘Seeing Grace’.


Luton Carnival Arts Development Trust – UKCCA’s Young People’s Programme.

Shakespeare Schools Festival – Shakespeare Schools Festival.

Museums & Libraries

Bedfordshire Historical Record Society – Publication of a volume entitled “Willington after the Peasants’ Revolt”.

Garden Museum – The building of a Garden Classroom.

Hitchin British Schools Trust – Continued support for The Wixamtree Intern.

Trustees of Bunyan Meeting (Bedford) – Support for the position of Curator


Spare Tyre – ‘The Garden’ is a multi-sensory performance for people with dementia, and a skills development tool for carers. It brings the outdoors inside, creating moments of shared joy, inspiring imagination.


Animal & Bird Life

Bedfordshire Wildlife Rescue – Purchase new incubators for the baby bird rearing room. Wildlife Trust for Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Northamptonshire – Improved access to Cottage Bottom Fields.

Zoological Society of London – Special Children’s Day (SCD) at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.

Historic Buildings & Churches

Bedfordshire & Hertfordshire Historic Churches Trust – 2016/17 Bedfordshire Churches Grants, Endowment Fund and Bike ‘n Hike event Sponsorship

Clophill Heritage Trust – Some basic educational equipment and lodge 1 fit out.

Rural Preservation

Campaign to Protect Rural England (CPRE) Bedfordshire Branch – Support to continue to protect and enhance rural Bedfordshire for all.

Conservation Volunteers – Programme of regular practical conservation projects.

Environment and Conservation

Clean Rivers Trust – Examine the historic pollution loading on the river and examine the sources today.

Dunton Community Garden Group – Supporting the charity, so that they can continue to welcome volunteering by all who want to contribute, regardless of their skills and abilities.

Foundation and Friends of the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew – Temperate House Twenty Project



St Gregory’s Foundation – Core funding, which contributes to the salary of one employee.


Fauna & Flora International – Whitbread Scholarship for a MPhil in Conservation Leadership and Capacity building for Conservation Network


Disabled Groups

British Disabled Angling Association – Adaptive fishing equipment.

Ampthill Town Cricket Club – Support to refurbish the practice nets facility.

Caldecote Cricket Club – Purchase of a new electronic scoreboard.

Dallow Cricket Development – Dallow Cricket Development youth scheme.

Elstow Cricket Club – New cricket net facility. – Seeking further support for the infrastructure and overall functioning and sustainability of the A4S project.

Salto Foundation Limited – Providing Gymnastics training and leisure activities.

Sports Traider – Delivery of a number of weekly coaching projects in Dunstable.



Eggington Foresters Cricket Club – Improve the Club’s facilities.

Lutonian Cricket Club – Purchase of a storage container.

Queens Park Westfield Cricket Club – Funding for a variety of equipment.

Centres & Playing Fields

Great Barford & Mowsbury Cricket Club – Purchase roller covers for the cricket square.

Sports & Leisure Other

Flitwick & Ampthill Lawn Tennis Club – Resurface 3 of the 4 floodlit carpet courts before the winter.

Lidlington Cricket Club – Outdoor mobile cricket net.