Looking back .... and to the future

Our new trustees Andrew Clark, Noah Lewis and Sarah Angelo

As the year draws to a close, many of us reflect on the year that has been and start planning for the year to come; the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation is no different. 2023 has been a challenging yet rewarding year for them. One highlight was the 2023 Scholarships and Awards Programme; the calibre of the applicants was outstanding so it made the decision making process more challenging for the trustees. “Because of our generous sponsors we will be running this programme again in 2024. Most of our sponsors are local people and businesses, and many continue their support over successive years” said Sumner Ferrymead Foundation Chair Martin Hawes.

Applications will open at the beginning of January and the forms will be on our website. Traditionally the academic scholarships have been for second year students but this year we have widened the applications to all students except first year students. Plus, the scope of our Apprentice Award has been widened to include anyone undertaking an accredited apprenticeship.”

Another highlight for the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation was three new trustees; both Noah Lewis and Sarah Angelo are former recipients of the academic scholarships, and Andrew Clark’s daughter was a recipient of an academic scholarship too. “The Foundation describes itself as locals helping locals” said Noah Lewis, “and it goes full circle. We have all benefited from the support it provides and now it is our turn to give back.” The Sumner Ferrymead Foundation is always looking for trustees so if you are interested please contact them either directly or through their website.

Like many charities, the biggest challenge the Sumner Foundation faces is fundraising, and in a time where the cost of living is the topic of conversation it has become even harder. “There are so many ways in which people can help,” said Treasurer Max Mathias. “It might be a one off donation, or a monthly commitment. Or, you might want to sponsor an award or event. And of course, there is the option to leave a bequest in your will. Please do make contact if you think you could help us make our community an even better place to live.”

2024 brings exciting new opportunities. This year the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation celebrated 30 years so the trustees have agreed to donate up to $30,000 to community groups and organisations within the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation catchment area. “30 years is quite a milestone, and until recently one of the original trustees – Julie Cunningham – was very much involved. That gives you an idea of the level of commitment our trustees place on the Foundation’s role in supporting the community” said Hawes. “The grants for community groups will complement the Scholarships & Awards programme which has more of an individual focus.” Applications will be sent out in the first quarter of 2024. If for any reason your organisation does not receive one please contact the Sumner Ferrymead Foundation.

Applications open 1 January 2024

  • Academic Scholarships
  • Outward Bound Scholarships
  • Apprentice Award
  • Environment Award