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Local charities share £15,000 donation from Lodders Charitable Foundation

David Lodder Chairman Lodders Charitable Foundation

Local charities Stratford Food Bank, NetworkFour and Cheltenham Open Door have each been given a £5,000 boost thanks to donations made to them by the Lodders Charitable Foundation (LCF).

Since it was created in 2016, the LCF has donated an incredible £75,000 to local independent charities.

Stratford Food Bank, NetworkFour and Cheltenham Open Door were named as the LCF’s beneficiaries of its 2021 fundraising. Each was chosen for its dedication to supporting local communities where Lodders has offices, namely in Stratford upon Avon, Henley in Arden, Birmingham and Cheltenham, as well as for epitomising the LCF’s central aim to raise essential financial support for local charities where it can make a genuine difference.

Already this year, LCF has supported Stratford’s Orchestra of the Swan with a £5,000 donation towards the production costs of its album ‘Labyrinth’ – which is due for release on the 12 November – and The Guide Dogs charity with a £580 donation from the funds raised at its annual Charity Dog Walk in Henley in Arden.

A difficult year for charities

  • David Lodder, Chairman of Lodders Charitable Foundation, says: “It has been an incredibly difficult year for those charities that rely on donations for their existence. At the same time as donations have dipped, there has been a growing demand for their services, and we are delighted to be able to provide financial aid to these fantastic local charities and the projects they run, particularly in these difficult times. We are also delighted that the easing of restrictions has enabled us to return to hosting and running our much-loved fundraising events that were greatly missed last year.”

Supporting charities in Lodders’ local communities

  • Stratford Food Bank aims to prevent or relieve poverty in and around Stratford-upon-Avon by providing emergency food supplies to those in need. With the charity having to find alternative premises for its Christmas Hamper project this year – which delivers Christmas hampers to those for whom the festive period may be difficult – the donation from the LCF will help fund the rent required to pay for the new space.
  • Network Four is a small growing charity that since it began in 2008, has supported and engaged over 6,500 young people, adults and families in crisis thanks to a dedicated team and volunteers who strive to help transform their circumstances and give hope for the future.
  • Originally founded in 1992 as Open Door at Christmas, Cheltenham Open Door is committed to providing support to the town’s most vulnerable, disadvantaged, and lonely people, but receives no central funding and relies entirely on donations to run.
  • Founded in 1995, Orchestra of the Swan (OOTS) is an English professional chamber orchestra based in Stratford upon Avon. It is passionate about promoting new music and runs a program of work in care homes, schools and rural areas around the West Midlands.

The Lodders Charitable Foundation supports regional charities where a real difference can be made; something that reflects Lodders’ longstanding commitment to the community.

The trustees of the foundation are all members of the Lodders family: senior partner Martin Green, David Lodder, Mark Miller, Alistair Howard, Mike Wakeling, Faye Reynolds, Baldish Khatkar, Katie Mann, and Angela Howard.

Find out more about the Charitable Foundation here.

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