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It’s a privilege to be able to offer financial support to local organisations that make such a difference to the well-being, choices and quality of life of so many people in our local communities.”

Bill Benoy
Trust Chairman

Since the Trust was formed a wide cross section of local  charities and good causes have benefitted from Marjory Boddy’s legacy, including:-

  • Petty Pool Trust
  • Guide Dog Owners
  • Wirral Community Narrowboats
  • Woodwork to Wellness
  • Personal Support Unit
  • Cheshire Autism
  • Live!  New Scene Centre 
  • Multiple Sclerosis Trust   
  • Countess of Chester Hospital
  • Young Enterprise
  • Jubilee Sailing Trust 
  • Passion for Learning 
  • Guide Dogs 
  • The Honeypot Children’s Charity 
  • Health Box   
  • Children Today 
  • Friends of the Elderly 
  • Hope House Children’s Hospice
  • Hospice of The Good Shepherd
  • Neuromuscular Centre
  • Industry Co-working Chester
  • Handicapped Children’s Action Group
  • British Disabled Angling
  • Chester International Links Association
  • Friends of Mulberry
  • Warrington Youth Club
  • Chester School Christian Work
  • Bridge Community Farms.

School’s lift boost for wheelchair students

Students with physical disabilities at a Chester school now have access to the full range of learning opportunities thanks to the generosity of two local charitable trusts.

When Christleton High School’s first wheelchair user enrolled in 2019, the design of the ‘70s buildings in the older parts of the school made it impossible for him to access the first floor and join his classmates in any art or modern languages classes.

Alerted to the challenge, two of Chester’s leading charitable trusts donated the £25,000 to design and install a wheelchair lift linking ground and upper floors.

The project also included the provision of a physiotherapy and disabled toilet facility complete with a hoist and other specialist equipment.

Last week, representatives of both the Marjory Boddy Trust and the Ursula Keyes Trust – both named after prominent Chester philanthropists – were welcomed to the school by Headteacher, Darran Jones to formally commission the lift.

“We’re immensely grateful to both trusts for their on-going support and generosity,” said Darran Jones.

“Whilst this important project was geared to the needs of a specific student, the lift is proving a tremendous asset for students and staff who are affected by temporary and permanent mobility issues.”

He added: “Perhaps even more importantly, the lift means that we are now in a position to deliver an unrestricted range of learning opportunities to future generations of students with a wide range of mobility challenges.”

Marjory Boddy Trust Chair, Bill Benoy commented: ”We were keen to support Christleton High School’s commitment to ensuring that no student is deprived of learning opportunities as a result of any disability. We’re proud to have been involved in supporting the project.”

Ursula Keyes trustee John Brimelow added: ”This is a great example of a school investing in inclusion and equal opportunity which lie at the heart of The Ursula Keyes Trust’s values.”

 

Trustees celebrate successful collaboration with CWVA

The Marjory Boddy Charitable Trust is working in partnership with Cheshire West Voluntary Action (CWVA) to help reduce loneliness and social isolation in communities.

CWVA helps communities in West Cheshire grow and thrive by connecting charitable organisations, volunteers and businesses to champion social action.

Recognising CWVA’s pivotal role in providing advice, support and training for the sector, Marjory Boddy Trustees agreed to provide £10,000 to enable CWVA to use its knowledge and expertise to identify local charities and community groups that needed a financial boost to help them deliver services to keep people connected during the Covid-19 pandemic, reducing loneliness and social isolation.

The following organisations have benefited from grants.

  • Age UK Cheshire
  • Snow Angels
  • Kingsway and Newton Residents Association (KANRA)
  • Changing Lives Together
  • Chester and District Federation of the Blind
  • Chapter
  • Aspire
  • Cheshire Agricultural Chaplaincy
  • Ashworth Time Bank
  • Neston Community Youth Centre
  • OPAL Services
  • Cheshire Young Carers

Clare Harrison, Deputy Chief Executive of CWVA, said: “We were delighted to help the Marjory Boddy Charitable Trust and make sure grants were given to charities and community organisations that needed some support.

“With our in-depth knowledge of the sector and all our members, we were able to quickly set up this funding stream and get grants out to our members so they could continue delivering their services effectively.

“We’d like to thank the Marjory Boddy Charitable Trust for supporting our sector during what has been a challenging period.”

Marjory Boddy Chair of Trustees Bill Benoy added: “The trustees recognised the scale of need created by the pandemic and the importance of the role of the voluntary sector in meeting these new challenges. 

“It made perfect sense to ask the experts at CWVA to allocate funding on our behalf to where it was most needed and where it would do the most good with the minimum of bureaucracy and delay.”

Bill added: “This has been a worthwhile and successful collaboration that has delivered real benefit and we look forward to supporting further initiatives in the future.”

Trust’s £18K Memory Lane donation

The Marjory Boddy Trust stepped in recently to enable the Countess of Chester Hospital Charity to start work on the first phase of its ‘Memory Lane’ project.

The Trust presented members of the project team with a cheque for £18,000 to enable work to start on creating a lounge area and adjoining garden for vulnerable elderly patients being cared for in wards 50 and 51 of the Countess of Chester Hospital.

The £190,000 appeal was designed to enhance facilities, improve dignity and develop a more appropriate environment for this growing group of patients who may need longer periods of in-patient care.

“With so many of us now living so much longer, it’s important that we do what we can to help ensure that patients and their families have the best possible environment and facilities within which to address their needs,” said Marjory Boddy Trust Chairman, Bill Benoy.

Thanking the Trust for its latest support, The Countess Charity’s Trust & Legacy fundraiser Ngozi Ikoku commented: “The Trust has been a long-standing supporter of a number of charitable initiatives throughout the Countess of Chester Health Park. 

“This latest donation represents a major boost to our appeal and will help us make a real difference to patients and their families at a time in their lives when it’s particularly needed.”