Last night we were joined by trustees, charities, patrons and friends of Suffolk Community Foundation for our Annual Review at Trinity Park – this year with a theme of ‘Give To What You Love & Changing Local Lives’. It featured inspiring stories of giving, a positive celebration of all the fantastic charities and organisations that we work with, and a look at all the amazing things that Suffolk has achieved throughout the year to address local needs.
Many catch ups were had over welcome drinks and canapés, before everyone was ushered to their seats for the main event.
An excited buzz filled the room as James Buckle, Chairman of Suffolk Community Foundation opened the evening which was followed by films, and on the sofa conversation about private and business philanthropy.
While a giant heart with the words ‘Suffolk’ inside was proudly displayed on the screen behind him, our Head of Public Affairs Tim Holder vividly told the stories of our highlights throughout the year – including a Royal Visit to Suffolk & the launch of the High Sheriff Awards 2019. He was also joined by our patron High Sheriff George Vestey, and some of our inspiring business partners including Oli Watts, Head of Communications and Community at the East of England Co-operative, and James Austin, Senior Partner of Birketts.
East Anglian Daily Times Editor Brad Jones and Joshua Hopkins of Hopkins Homes then accompanied Tim to talk about the recent launch of Suffolk’s Surviving Winter Appeal, and the match fund of £30,000 kindly donated by Hopkins Homes to the Foundation.
The spotlight then moved to Paddy Bishop, who addressed the importance of collective giving and spoke about the recent launch of our Food & Drink Fund, of which he is the Chairman.
Private philanthropy was in focus next, as we showed a heart-warming film about three very special women, who each shared their enriching experiences of giving back to their local communities with the support of the Foundation. Judy Dow, our Head of Philanthropy was then joined by Jonathan Mathers, Partner of Greene & Greene Solicitors, who together highlighted the vital role that professional advisors play in supporting major gifts and legacies for Suffolk. This was then followed by the relaunch of the Suffolk 100.
It was also lovely to see Olivia Canham, Head Girl of Ipswich School, and Josie Ruffles, Charity Committee Representative from Royal Hospital School sharing their experiences of raising funds for local charities through our School’s Programme.
Chief Executive Stephen Singleton then gave a keynote speech about the enormous impact that can be achieved through collective philanthropy. Stephen then introduced the last film of the evening – a compilation of sound bites from Suffolk people sharing their insights about how important the voluntary sector has been to improving their lives.
It was wonderful to see hundreds of people descending on Trinity Park, including four charities who were specifically invited to showcase their vital work around the subject of mental health.
Feeling inspired, our guests were then left to mingle and browse through our new literature.
We’d like to thank everyone who attended this year’s Annual Review, as well as all those involved in organising the event, including our speakers, staff, volunteers and Trinity Park. We would also like to thank Rathbones Investment Management for their kind support of this Annual Review.