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Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation makes its first major grants

Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation makes its first major grants

The Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation has made its first major grants to six organisations.

The Foundation was established in 2011 with a multi-million pound endowment by GP and medical entrepreneur Dr Peter Sowerby. It makes grants in the areas of medical research and healthcare provision, education, and community and environment. These areas “are strongly based on the passions and concerns of Dr Sowerby and his late wife, Ann.”

The first beneciaries are:
  • the Institute of Global Health Innovation at Imperial College London (over five years)
  • Royal College of GPs a major annual grant to fund five ‘Sowerby Innovation Fellows’
  • Marie Curie Cancer Care (over three years)
  • King’s College London (over 10 years)
  • Help the Hospices (over three years)
  • .com, to establish a match-giving scheme in North Yorkshire, supporting local charities in rural communities.

2013 will also see a variety of major grants made to charities working in arts and horticulture and related fields.’s founder, Marcelle Speller, OBE, said: “We are most grateful to the The Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation for this generous grant.  Charities and groups in rural communities, such as North Yorkshire, are often left behind when it comes to online fundraising and awareness.  With these funds, can help such groups to gain digital skills, raise their profile and receive online donations, thus making them more sustainable.”

David Aspinall, Chair of Trustees for the Peter Sowerby Foundation added: “Dr Sowerby has a particular interest in providing support for local initiatives in rural communities and we are excited about the potential for national replication inherent within this Yorkshire pilot for”

The Peter Sowerby Charitable Foundation does not accept unsolicited applications.


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Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world's first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp.

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