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The Maximus Foundation UK has announced £40,000 in donations to further help charities impacted by the pandemic.

Its latest round of grant-giving aims to help local charities to rebuild and continue services after the challenges presented by the pandemic, providing 16 grants across the country to ensure vital local support is maintained and expanded.  
The Foundation donated a total of £95,000 in 2020, supporting 38 charities in a year of unprecedented challenge for small charities across the country. 

Speaking about the latest round of donations, Di Briggs, Chair of the Maximus Foundation UK, said;

“As government restrictions are lifted, many small charities across the UK face the challenge of resuming their normal services and fundraising activities after a very difficult period. So we’re delighted to make this significant donation, to help more local charities who share our commitment to helping disadvantaged or vulnerable people move forward with their lives”.

The charities were nominated by Maximus UK colleagues, and include organisations that deliver services to support vulnerable adults, children, and homeless people. Fundraising by Maximus colleagues for the Foundation is match-funded by Maximus UK. 

Grant beneficiaries include The Bread and Butter Thing, a charity which provides food packages, support and advice to people on low incomes in the Greater Manchester area, and St Margaret’s Hospice, which helps patients and their families across Somerset facing a life-limiting illness.

Mark Game, CEO, The Bread and Butter Thing, said; 

"We're enormously grateful to Maximus Foundation UK for its generous donation. This funding will enable us to re-energise our community support services which have been suspended during the pandemic, including debt counselling, housing advice and other assistance to support our low incomes members and their families."

Samantha Mahon, Trust and Major Gift Officer, St. Margaret’s Hospice, said;

“We are delighted the Maximus Foundation has provided this donation, which will help fund St. Margaret’s to continue providing care and support to patients facing a life-limiting illness and their families. The donation could fund around 25 home visits to patients from our specialist nurses. It could also fund 100 hours of helpline support for family members in the Somerset area”.

Since its formation in 2015, the Foundation has donated over £450,000 to UK charities. 

Dr Paul Williams, Division President of Maximus UK said:

“The Maximus Foundation UK is all about supporting organisations that make a real difference in local communities and are close to our colleagues’ hearts. Given that the Covid pandemic has impacted communities throughout the UK, it is fitting that the Foundation has awarded donations to a number of charities which help people who have been directly affected”.