St. James's Place Charitable Foundation
The St. James’s Place Charitable Foundation is an integral part of our company and culture. It has grown significantly since 1992 to become one of the most successful company charities in the UK, raising and distributing over £81 million to thousands of charities. The Charitable Foundation has been able to support many charities and good causes over the years with multiple grants.
The main focus of the Charitable Foundation is on helping children and young people who have special needs or are disadvantaged, both in the UK and overseas.
The Charitable Foundation also supports the hospice movement, charities in aid of cancer and, more recently, those helping people of all ages with mental health issues.
To read more about the Charitable Foundation including latest donations and event please visit our website www.sjpfoundation.co.uk
The Tongole Foundation
The Tongole Foundation was founded by David Cole and David Gridley, due to the sad loss of Vitu Kalanga who was David’s daughter’s boyfriend back in 2006/7. Vitu was traveling home from football training and was a rear passenger in a car that was involved in a collision that tragically resulted in his death, at the age of just 16. Vitu’s father Bentry and David decided they wanted to do something in Vitu’s memory but different from the usual memorial.
They decided to create a two part project:
- A sustainable business which would create employment and training opportunities in a very deprived part of Malawi, Bentry’s and Vitu’s homeland.
- A children’s education charity which would support 3 schools, a chicken project & have plans to build a new School to take the pressure off the 3 we are currently supporting.
The business is a Wilderness Lodge which took over two years to construct in a wildlife reserve creating over 100 jobs for many whose children attend the three schools the charity supports. At the end of the construction phase, the Foundation employed over 30 full time employees which of course has far reaching benefits particularly as each individual employee is usually responsible for over 20 family members!
Louise Cole - Projects Co-ordinator
Louise joined the Tongole Foundation in July 2012 as Projects Coordinator. She has had various jobs over the years from working at the London Dungeon as an actor, to a Duty Manager and High Ropes Instructor at Go Ape. Louise worked for Voluntary Action within Kent (VAWK), a charity that works with young disabled people, before committing some of her time to the Tongole Foundation along with being the Practice Manager at Burfields House.
Based in Goudhurst, Kent, Louise can be contacted on 01580 211 211 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
To find out more, please visit: www.thetongolefoundation.org