Donation support for West Sussex children’s charity

Harry Hill with children from the Hackney Village group which received funding from Newmans Own Foundation in 2015 and again in 2016
Harry Hill with children from the Hackney Village group which received funding from Newmans Own Foundation in 2015 and again in 2016

A large donation is set to be made to a West Sussex based children’s charity.

Newman’s Own Foundation, the organisation started by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, today announced it will donate $10,000 to Dame Vera Lynn Children’s Charity, which works to empower children.

Based in Billingshurst, the charity maximises potential for under fives with cerebral palsy and other motor learning difficulties.

The Foundation continues Paul Newman’s commitment to give all net profits and royalties from the sale of Newman’s Own food and beverage products to charity. It has pledged $218,000 in total to 19 charities up and down the country. Charities were chosen following a nationwide application process and were selected to mark their work and dedication to children in the UK. Other charities which received grants in 2016 include Manchester Young Lives, Amaze of Brighton and The Ministry of Stories in London.

Comedian Harry Hill has worked with Newman’s Own Foundation since 2014. This year he visited Hackney Village, a past grant recipient based in London, to see how Newman’s Own Foundation has made a difference to the group’s young people.

Harry said: “I am thrilled to be involved with Newman’s Own Foundation again, Paul Newman has always been a huge inspiration to me personally. Over the past few years I’ve had the chance to meet many recipients of grants and witness the incredible impact the fund makes to children living in the UK. This year 19 charities will now receive funding and I look forward to seeing their great work supporting young people continue in 2017.”

Robert Forrester, president and CEO of Newman’s Own Foundation, said: “Paul Newman was dedicated to helping organisations that empower people to overcome extraordinary adverse circumstances and contribute to the development of a civil society. We feel privileged to be able to continue Paul’s legacy by providing grants to charities throughout the UK which are making such a huge difference for children”.

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