Newman’s Own Foundation to donate £175k to UK charities

Howard Lake | 23 November 2016 | News

The Newman’s Own Foundation is to donate $218,000, or around £175,000, to 19 children’s charities in the UK.

Each charity will receive a grant of up to $25,000 (£16,000) as part of the Foundation’s commitment to supporting young people.

The Foundation was set up by the late actor and philanthropist Paul Newman. It receives all profits and royalties from Newman’s Own, makers of sauces and dressings.

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The grantmaker invited applications for funding in August 2016.

Paul Newman with children at the Over the Wall camp. Photo: Newman's Own Foundation
Paul Newman with children at the Over the Wall camp. Photo: Newman’s Own Foundation

The charities selected in this funding round are:

·       Amaze – A charity helping children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities feel valued, included in their community and supported to thrive

·       The Ministry of Stories – A local writing and mentoring centre in east London, where anyone aged eight to 18 can discover their own gift for writing

·       Manchester Young Lives – Working with children and young people in disadvantaged areas of Manchester to improve their life choices through learning and make a successful transition to adult life through support and guidance

·       OYAP Trust – Enabling young people to realise their own personal, social and leadership skills, grow in confidence and build self-esteem and resilience

·       Hackney Empire – Offering a safe space and specialist support to young people with the opportunity to create and perform their own theatre piece.

Susie McKenna, Hackney Empire’s Creative Director said:

“The Newman’s grant has been invaluable to us, allowing us to bring in specialised staff needed to support the young people who attend the group. It’s vital we create a safe space that allows young people to grow and be creative – the funding helps us to create this environment”.

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 young people attending the group.
Hill 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.”

Newman’s Own Foundation has now made grants in the UK totalling more than $3.5 million since 1995. About a quarter of the funding has been directed to help children with serious medical and developmental challenges.