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'Charity of choice' 'Charity of choice' helped 83,692 people last year.

Byline: Jenny Waddington Business editor jenny.waddington@coventrytelegraph.net

THE largest charitable grant-making organisation in Coventry and Warwick-Warwickshire has more than 83,000 reasons to celebrate.

The Heart of England Community Foundation, which gives grants to support community projects across Coventry, Warwick-Warwickshire and Solihull, has carried out its first full impact study which has revealed its grants helped 83,692 people last year.

The foundation, one of 48 across the UK, receives money from a variety of organisations, including many local businesses. And in the last 12 months the foundation awarded PS519,353 through 160 grants and started working across a wider geographical area.

The figures were revealed at Foundation Live, which showcased some of the groups which were funded - including Theatre Absolute, Positive Youth Foundation, Solihull Action for Advocacy and Unlock the Music.

Tina Costello, director of the Heart of England Community Foundation, said the organisation continued to prosper. "There are 48 community foundations across the UK, a small number of community foundations have sadly closed their doors and others have merged with neighbouring foundations to aid their sustainability," she said.

"But I have to say that we have had a very good year. We are now, in many ways, the charity of choice for local businesses, from golf days, urban crazy golf nights, charity balls to local solicitors running the London Marathon or undertaking the Wolf Run - money has been raised in so many ways. In the last year we secured the PS2million European Social Fund Programme and are now successfully delivering community grants across the West Midlands, work-work ing with sister foundations in Herefordshire, Worcestershire and Staffordshire."

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