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.
Marjory Boddy supports Platform for Life
A grant of £19,000 from the Marjory Boddy Charitable Trust has helped Platform for Life fund much-needed support sessions for adults, children and young people during challenging times.
Platform for Life is based in Chester and started in 2017 from a small counselling service that helped young families experiencing multiple challenges, such as homelessness, debt and parenting difficulties.
With extra demand for services during the COVID-19 pandemic and Platform for Life needing to adapt like many other organisations, the support from the Marjory Boddy Trust has been invaluable, helping fund both counselling and play therapy sessions.
Ceri George, Chief Executive of Platform for Life, said: “We received funding in August so we’re still in the early stages of delivering the sessions.
“It’s been massively important to us because we’ve stayed open throughout the pandemic and saw a big increase in the number of referrals we were receiving.
“In the last financial year, we had 25 per cent more referrals and the number of people accessing our counselling sessions grew by 60 per cent.
“When we look at our figures every quarter, we think they’re a lot, but the demand continues to grow because the pandemic has exacerbated some people’s mental health issues.
“The process for applying to the Marjory Boddy Trust was very straightforward as the number of questions was minimal and the response was really quick.
“This funding will help us continue to make a real difference to the people we support at Platform for Life.”
Bill Benoy, Chair of the Marjory Boddy Trust Board, added: “We’re delighted to have been able to support Platform for Life when its services have been in such high demand during the pandemic.
“The way that charities like Platform for Life have adapted over the last 18 months has been inspiring and we’re happy to play a small part in helping them continue to deliver their services.
“If there are any other charities that are looking for funding, I’d encourage them to reach out to us at the Marjory Boddy Trust.”
The Marjory Boddy Trust was set up in 2002 to manage the assets and investments of the late Marjory Boddy, who lived in Chester and was a keen supporter and benefactor of many local good cases during her lifetime.
The Trust meets three times a year to consider applications for grants from registered charities that are involved in but not confined to the areas of health, education, welfare and the arts.
Applicants should be based in the Chester, west Cheshire or the immediate surroundings areas, or be able to demonstrate that their activities or services deliver a direct benefit or meet the specific needs of groups or individuals in those local communities, particularly people who are vulnerable, disadvantaged or overlooked.
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
- 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.”