£38,000 donation to local city farm

We’re proud to have made the first donation from our new Samuel Fox Foundation - £38,000 to Stonebridge City Farm. 
Aptly the cheque was presented on the anniversary of the birthdate (24 November 1781) of philanthropist Samuel Fox, who as well as founding The Nottingham in 1849 also helped feed, home and educate those who needed it most in and around the city during the same era. 
For over 170 years since, we have continued to adopt the philosophy of supporting communities. In the last ten years we’ve donated and fundraised over £1.3m to local good causes, helping nearly 53,000 of the most vulnerable people in our communities. Funds from the Samuel Fox Foundation will support projects and causes that help communities thrive, with a focus on helping young people fulfil their potential, inspire career journeys and build their future. Encouraging financial capability is also a focus. 
It’s fitting that the first foundation donation is to Stonebridge, who we have supported for years in recognition of the charity’s great work in providing a free-to-enter farm - the operation of which is supported by over 140 volunteers a week, many of whom have a mental health challenge or learning disability. 
That backing has been in the form of donations and fundraising, but also hundreds of hours of volunteering time that has seen building society staff help with everything from painting barn walls to fixing fences. 
Stonebridge City Farm General Manager Peter Armitage said: “This is absolutely amazing. It will help us to continue to provide more opportunities and support for our volunteers in the months ahead. 
“Stonebridge City Farm is a community charity that relies on support from local organisations and there is no doubt that The Nottingham leads the way in actively supporting local community groups such as ourselves. 
“As well as financial support, they have provided many teams of volunteers that have helped us with essential work across the farm. Something that stands out is how everyone always takes a genuine interest in understanding our work and the challenges we face. Thank you so much to everyone at The Nottingham.” 
Our Head of People and Development Anne Leivers added: “We are delighted that the first Samuel Fox Foundation donation is to Stonebridge City Farm, to support their excellent work. 
“We are passionately committed to continuing to the legacy of our founder, Samuel Fox, and are confident he would have been extremely proud of not only the donation to Stonebridge but also the setting up of the foundation, in his name, to help many more great causes in the future.” 

Stonebridge 38k donation

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