Funding Awarded to Support People With Disabilities


Two organisations in Northamptonshire have recently benefitted from the £1million Cecil Pettit Legacy Fund. The fund, managed and facilitated by Northamptonshire Community Foundation, aims to support disabled people across the county.

Northamptonshire Association for the Blind was awarded £2,600 to develop their iEducation programme, working with a number of primary schools to increase awareness of eye health, reduce incidences of avoidable sight loss and improve understanding of those living with a visual impairment.

Rockingham Forest Trust received £6,625 to fund adapted, inclusive play equipment suitable for all children, but particularly safe for those with disabilities.

Alyson Allfree, Director of Rockingham Forest Trust, said: “We are delighted to receive this grant for installing a piece of play equipment at Stanwick Lakes that is particularly safe and suitable for use by disabled children. It enables them to interact with other children, who also love using the new nest swing, so they can all have fun together. Rockingham Forest Trust is most grateful to the Cecil Pettit Trust and Northamptonshire Community Foundation for their generous support.”

Cecil Pettit was one of the founding members of Ability Northants, a charity dedicated to enriching the lives of people living with disabilities. Following his passing in 2000 at the age of 79, his Northamptonshire property was put into trust with Howes Percival Solicitors. Now sold, the property was match funded with 50% from the Constance Travis Endowment Match Challenge through Northamptonshire Community Foundation, creating a fund of just under £1million. The Foundation also recently celebrated the life and philanthropy of Cecil Pettit with a unique Generosity Heritage Trail in July, in partnership with Looking Glass Community Theatre.

Speaking of the Cecil Pettit Legacy Fund, Victoria Miles, CEO of Northamptonshire Community Foundation, said: “We are so delighted that Mr. Pettit’s generous legacy for people with disabilities will live on here in our county. This will now continue in perpetuity in the form of a substantial named fund that the Community Foundation is so honoured to deliver on his behalf.”

Northamptonshire Community Foundation is the leading independent grant-making charity in the county, working with a range of fund-holders and donors to ensure projects make a sustainable impact on local need.

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