Wellesley Charitable Foundation

PUBLISHED: 13:50 25 November 2013 | UPDATED: 13:50 25 November 2013

Gordon Greer of Brighton and Hove Albion visits Wellesley FC

Gordon Greer of Brighton and Hove Albion visits Wellesley FC


Launched last year, the financial planners’ charitable organisation supports young people living in Sussex.

The Wellesley Charitable Foundation was founded in September 2012 by Sussex-based Chartered Financial Planners, Wellesley Wealth Advisory. The Foundation acts as a resource for young people living in Sussex and the surrounding area, supporting:

1) The promotion of community participation in health recreation.

2) The relief of sickness and the preservation of health.

3) Activities which develop the skills, capacities and capabilities of young people to enable them to participate fully in society as mature and responsible individuals.

In the year since its launch by Wellesley Wealth Advisory’s Managing Director, Tony Hannigan, the Wellesley Charitable Foundation has worked alongside charities and good causes including Chestnut Tree House and Amaze to bring to fruition a number of worthwhile projects that deliver on these key charitable objectives. The entire team at Wellesley wholeheartedly supports the work of the Wellesley Charitable Foundation and have taken part in a wide range of fundraising events from staging charity golf days to running the Brighton Marathon.

One of the major projects that the Wellesley Charitable Foundation has supported in its inaugural year is a sporting inclusion scheme in association with Albion in the Community, Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club’s charitable arm. Through this collaboration, the Wellesley Charitable Foundation created and funded two youth football teams – an under-16 and under-18 team – which will play in the Sussex Sunday Youth League in the 2013/14 season under the name of Wellesley FC. This ground-breaking charitable collaboration marks the first time that Albion in the Community has been directly involved in running a competitive side for the young people of its community projects. Through their work with Albion in the Community, the Wellesley Charitable Foundation will support more than 60 young men from the Whitehawk area of Brighton.

Of the project, Wellesley’s Tony Hannigan, says; “As a Brightonian and lifelong Albion supporter, I am incredibly pleased to be part of an excellent footballing initiative that brings such opportunity to a large group of young men. It is immensely satisfying that through our partnership with Albion in the Community, what started out as a few lads kicking a ball around in Whitehawk has resulted in two teams of young men playing football together in the Sussex Sunday League each week. It has been both fascinating and rewarding to watch just how the discipline of sport has had a positive effect on the teams’ behaviour both on and off the field.”

Another charity receiving support from the Wellesley Charitable Foundation as it enters its second year will be Brighton-based Whoopsadaisy, a charity whose aim is to develop the independence, confidence and self-esteem of children with physical disabilities such as cerebral palsy. Whoopsadaisy is the only charity in East Sussex offering Conductive Education – a system of learning which, building upon children’s existing abilities and skills, helps prepare them for tackling the challenges of everyday life in a more independent way.

The grant from the Wellesley Charitable Foundation will support the charity’s work in three ways: by sponsoring a child to attend their under-five group for a full year; by helping Whoopsadaisy to establish an additional parent and child group so that they can extend the support they currently offer to even more children; and finally by supporting Whoopsadaisy’s Holiday Club.

Helen Palmer of Whoopsadaisy comments: “We are delighted that Wellesley has become involved in our Holiday Club, their generous donation will help us to pay for the specialist Peto-Institute trained conductors who will work with the children during the Holiday Club sessions.”

The team at Wellesley Wealth Advisory will continue to raise funds for the Wellesley Charitable Foundation through company events such as the charity golf day which took place at the Dyke Golf Club on Wednesday 18 September. Lead sponsors were Brighton & Hove legal firm, Woolley Bevis Diplock LLP, and accountants, Wilson Sandford. The day included 18 holes of golf, lunch and a raffle, with a target of raising over £3,000 for the Wellesley Charitable Foundation. The proceeds were being counted as the magazine went to press.

The team at Wellesley is always interested to hear from organisations or groups who are working to support challenged young people in Sussex and the surrounding area. Those wishing to apply for funding from the Wellesley Charitable Foundation should write to the Trustees, Wellesley Charitable Foundation, Marlborough House, 102/110 High Street, Shoreham by Sea, West Sussex BN43 5DB. All applications for funding will be considered by the Trustees on a quarterly basis.

Wellesley Wealth Advisory

01273 455636
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