The Barker-Mill Foundation continues to support charities and individuals across Hampshire with over £4 million donations made to a huge variety of projects, big and small, in all areas of the county.
Applications from a range of projects in the New Forest have benefitted from total donations of nearly £900,000 from Scout groups like 14th New Forest East Scouts which received funds towards vital work refurbishing the scout hut to award winning workshop programme SPUD (Space, Placemaking and Urban Design) to Furzey Gardens Charitable Trust was delighted to receive £40,000 towards its garden training for the disabled initiative.
Nursling based community and charitable organisations have, over the years, seen donations of over £250,000 go to the various good causes they champion. Nursling Primary School was able to create their multi-purpose outdoor classroom for the pupils and the £95,348 given to the Mill Monument Restoration has enabled refurbishment of the monument as well as archaeological exploration work as well as helped their core funding.
All over Hampshire organisations have been able to fulfil their wishes thanks to the generosity of the Barker Mill Foundation including, on the Waterside, where recipients as diverse as Applemore College, Marchwood Orchestra and Waterside Sports and Social Club have received over £130,000. To the West of the county the Romsey area has seen donations totalling £122,197 to groups like Romsey Riding for the Disabled and the Romsey Abbey Business Development Group.
Southampton, as a major centre has, not surprisingly, been one of the greatest beneficiaries with donations reaching £1,139,584 for projects big and small. Major recipients, like the world respected John Hansard Gallery in Southampton have received a £100,000 donation to support a three-year project that will see a series of pioneering commissions for the Digital Array. While at the other end of the spectrum, Southampton Society for the Blind, Millbrook Rugby Football Club and many scout groups number among the more grass roots organisations supported by the Barker Mill Foundation.
Tim Jobling, Barker-Mill Trustee commented: “The Barker Mill foundation is a keen supporter of all manner of charitable organisations and community groups across the breadth of the New Forest and Hampshire and we are very proud to be able to support such a wide variety of people, whether through grass roots community groups or major public projects. Key to the Foundation is to enable people to achieve their fundraising goals. None of the organisations we support work in isolation, so often the ripple effect can be felt far and wide by many people, whose lives are improved as a result.”