The Equilibrium Foundation, the charitable trust of financial planning firm Equilibrium, has given a funding boost to three separate charities in the Cheshire East area as part of its community support scheme.
Daisy’s Dream provides free-of-charge professional support to children and young people who have experienced bereavement, largely within their immediate family. The organisation offers a flexible support service which includes one-to-one home or school visits, and counselling sessions online or on the phone.
The charity also offers face-to-face or online support to parents, carers and teachers, working directly with several schools in the region – including St. Benedict’s Catholic Primary School in Handforth, Wilmslow Academy, and Wilmslow High School.
Daisy’s Dream was originally founded in Berkshire but opened a branch in Cheshire after discovering that no bespoke bereavement service existed for children in the borough. Currently, the charity supports over 50 children in the area and employs two full-time members of staff including a qualified therapeutic practitioner.
The organisation has been awarded £500 by The Equilibrium Foundation, which it says will enable it to support an additional 10 families in the Cheshire area.
Equilibrium also donated £250 each to Pott Shrigley Village Hall and The Pituitary Foundation.
The village of Pott Shrigley’s hall is used by the Parish Council’s Church Social Club as well as members of the public for meetings and social events. The hall is also used as a community cinema, as well as a before- and after-school club.
The grant will be used for upgrading the internal main hall in the building, including the installation of new LED lighting, resurfacing of the stage and hall floor, refurbishing the kitchen and purchasing new appliances, resurfacing the car park and replacing the entrance door.
The Pituitary Foundation is a national support and information organisation for pituitary patients and their families, friends, and carers. The charity provides support to people affected by disorders of the pituitary gland such as acromegaly, Cushing's, prolactinoma, diabetes insipidus and hypopituitarism.
The grant secured from Equilibrium’s community support scheme will enable The Pituitary Foundation to set up a support group in the Greater Manchester and Cheshire area for the first time, allowing patients and their support networks to access vital services close to their doorsteps.
The £1,000 total donation comes as the company has continued to ramp up its charitable giving efforts in 2020, appointing a philanthropy adviser in March to help funds get to charities most affected by COVID-19.
Equilibrium’s community support scheme was set up in 2015 to award grants ranging from £100 to £500 to community organisations and charities in the local community.
With this latest handful of grants, the wealth management company has awarded over £30,000 through its community support scheme. The scheme forms part of the company’s wider charitable giving strategy, which is anchored by The Equilibrium Foundation and has a current donation goal of £4m.
Grant applications from the Cheshire East area can be submitted at http://equilibrium.co.uk/charity/community-support-scheme/
For more information about Equilibrium’s charity initiatives or the specialist wealth management service it offers, visit: www.equilibrium.co.uk, or follow @EquilibriumFP on Twitter.
About the community support scheme
The community support scheme gives local charities and not-for-profit organisations in Cheshire East, Greater Manchester and Chester and District the opportunity to apply for grants of between £100 and £500 to help support the valuable work they do in the region.
Trustees of the Equilibrium Foundation will consider applications for assistance from organisations with a range of aims and objectives including those which:
- Work in partnership with organisations assisting the disadvantaged
- Promote and encourage sporting activity
- Promote and encourage activities in the arts
- Support education and development
- Benefit the environment
Please note: only applications from non-profit organisations will be accepted
Applications will be reviewed quarterly, with one applicant receiving a grant of between £100 and £500.
Applications not normally considered include:
- Applications from individuals
- Projects that promote political activities or religious causes
- Projects that benefit or involve animals
- Commercial enterprises
About the client
Established in 1995, Equilibrium is an award-winning Chartered wealth management company that specialises in financial planning, tax mitigation and investment management. Whilst making wealthy people wealthier is part of what they do, it’s not their purpose. Their purpose is to make their clients’ lives better by giving them the confidence to make better financial decisions.
For more information, please visit www.equilibrium.co.uk or follow Equilibrium on Twitter: @EquilibriumFP