Events

Events

Thames Path Challenge

12/13 September 2015

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Location: Putney, West London to Henley-on-Thames, UK

Date: 12-13 September 2015

Event Type: Trek or Run

Registration Fee: £49 for 100km, £39 for 50km, £29 for 25km

Fundraising Target: £475 for 100km, £295 for 50km, £175 for 25km

Thames Path ChallengeThe Thames Path Trail is unique – varied & beautiful scenery, steeped in history – and a superb backdrop for a ‘festival’ of endurance challenges. Back for its fourth year you can take on 100km, 50km or 25km as a walk, jog, or run, with a relay option open to teams also! Perfect to enter as a team of friends, family or colleagues – you can also join as an individual, fully supported by our team. Not just a challenge – it’s an unforgettable journey!

  • WALK IT! – at a pace that suits you
  • RUN IT! – ideal event to ‘up’ your distance
  • JOG IT! – run a bit, walk a bit – you choose
  • Choose your distance – it’s your challenge! 100km, 50km or 25km
  • Join as a Team or as an Individual
  • FREE hot meals, FREE drinks & snacks en-route
  • Pace walkers, marshals, medics, massage
  • Corporate packages available
  • Teams of 5 or more receive a free technical t-shirt each
  • Finishers medal, T shirt, glass of bubbly!
  • 100km runner’s trophies for fastest gentleman & lady!
  • Relay option available – team of 4, with each taking on 25km

For full information on the Challenge, its inclusions, the route, FAQ’s and much more – please visit www.thamespathchallenge.com. You can also download the Thames Path Challenge brochure here
If you have any event related questions, please contact the Action Challenge team on info@thamespathchallenge.com or call 020 7609 6695. Alternatively contact the events team at the John Sykes Foundation.

Simply set up your online fundraising page at: www.givey.com or www.Virginmoneygiving.com or download your JSF Sponsorship Form here.

Bungee Jump

5 September 2015

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Jump Height: 160ft
Jump Type: Crane Bungee Jump
Jump Over Airbag or Water: Water
Tandem Jumps Available: Yes
Car Parking Available: Yes
Bungee Jumping At Our Windsor/Bray Venue:

The Windsor/Bray venue is UK Bungee Club’s flagship location as well as the most visited site from jumpers all round the UK. Taking place lakeside at Bray Lake Watersports Centre, our Windsor/Bray venue offers stretching views across the pristine lake and miles upon miles of rolling countryside. Situated, to the west of London, this venue offers one of the best venues to experience a bungee jump.

Just a few miles from the royal town of Windsor, the Windsor/Bray venue is ideally located for a perfect day out for family and friends. From the nearby attraction of Windsor Castle to the excitement of the nearby theme park, Thorpe Park, there is plenty to enjoy for people of all ages.

We want you to sign up and jump to raise money through sponsorship. Simply get in touch: mail@johnsykesfoundation.org – please make sure you book your place by 14th August to guarantee your place. 

Cost: £30 sign-up fee   |    Minimum Sponsorship: £150

Important Information

Pre-Booking: Due to a limited number of spaces being available it is necessary for you to pre-book your jump before the day of your event.
Duration: You should arrive about 30mins prior to your jump time and allow between 2 -3 hours for your jump. This is to allow for any delays that may occur on the day.
Car Parking: Is available.
What to Wear / Equipment: Dress in comfortable, casual clothes. Skirts are not recommended. Also please refrain from wearing boots or anything that may interfere with ankle harnesses otherwise they will have to be removed prior to jumping. Trainers and securely fastened shoes are fine.
Group Size / Spectators: You are welcome to bring spectators free of charge to watch you jump.
Weather: Extreme weather conditions may affect this experience, mainly high winds and thunderstorms. If in doubt, please call: Event Information Line on 0845 319 5767 to check before setting off.
Mobile Contact Number: Please ensure that you provide a contact telephone number when booking this experience, as we may need to contact you on the day of your jump.
Restrictions: Please see our FAQ pages

Event Address:
Bray Lake Watersports
Monkey Island Lane
Windsor Road
Maidenhead
Berks
SL6 2EB*

*Please note that if using a navigational system to direct you to your event, some navigational systems direct to the wrong side of Bray Lake. If you arrive at Monkey Island Hotel, turn around, take a left at the end of the lane and take the last left before the national speed limit sign.

Skydive

14 November 2015 & 14 May 2016

skydiveAre you brave enough?

We’re giving you the chance to skydive!

We’re only asking you to raise £300 in sponsorship so it makes it achievable and easy to reach! We want you to join our team and experience the thrill of jumping from a plane and flying through the air at 135mph!
How to book 
Click ‘book your charity skydive now’ to secure your place with a £50 deposit then get in touch and let us know you’re on the team!

The minimum sponsorship to raise is £350, this includes your £50 deposit and if you hit this target we will cover the cost of the jump for you!

Tel – 0118 903 5909   |   Email – mail@johnsykesfoundation.org

 

Please contact GOskydive directly to enquire about further details.

If you jump out side of the organised date you will need to self fund this jump and then raise as much money as possible for the charity.

Privacy Policy

Privacy Notice

This Privacy Policy applies to information we, the John Sykes Foundation (“JSF”) collect about individuals who interact with our organisation. It explains what personal information we collect and how we use it.

If you have any comments or questions about this notice, feel free to contact us at mail@johnsykesfoundation.org.

Personal data that we process

These privacy notices explain what personal data (information) we hold about you, how we collect it, and how we use and may share information about you. It also contains important information about your rights with regard to your personal data, and how to contact us or supervisory authorities in the event you have a complaint. We are required to notify you of this information under the General Data Protection Regulation.

Visitors to our website

The JSF website collects personal information about you when you interact with the following sections on www.johnsykesfoundation.org. We only collect the personal information that you yourself enter:

  • Use any of the various email links from the website; these open an email in your own email client and we only collect the email address the email is sent from, and any other information you choose to disclose in the body of the email.
  • Contact us form; here we ask for:
    • Your name;
    • Your e-mail address;
    • Your telephone number;
    • Any other information you choose to disclose in the message and subject sections; and
    • Whether you would like to join our mailing list.
  •  How we can help form; here we ask for:
    • Grantee name;
    • Grantee address;
    • Grantee telephone number;
    • Grantee e-mail address
    • Grantee Date of birth;
    • Name of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
    • Address of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
    • Telephone of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
    • Email of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
    • Association of applicant from grantee;
    • The level of grant that is being applied for;
    • The reasons for the application;
    • The area of interest in which the application falls;
    • The financial circumstances of the grantee;
    • Signature;
    • Bank details;
    • The amount of your donation;
    • Gift aid information; and
    • Whether you would like to join our mailing list.

This information is stored and only used in conjunction with the enquiry made, unless you opt to join our mailing list in which case we will add your email address to our database for periodic information about the JSF.

Cookie use, and how to delete or control them

JSF does not use cookies to collect or store personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are used on www.johnsykesfoundation.org you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit www.aboutcookies.org which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual.

Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the JSF website.

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Donors and those who help to support our foundation

Who we are

The JSF collects, uses and is responsible for certain personal information about you in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom). We are responsible as controllers of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.

In this privacy notice, references to “we” or “us” means the JSF.

Data Protection principles

We will comply with the data protection principles when gathering and using personal information, as set out in our data protection policy.

The personal information we collect and use: Information collected by us

In the course of fulfilling your intention of donating money and your expectation of receiving confirmation of your donation we collect some or all of the following personal information when you provide it to us

  • Name;
  • Address;
  • Telephone number;
  • E-mail address;
  • Signature;
  • Bank details;
  • The amount of your donation;
  • Gift aid information; and
  • Whether you would like to join our mailing list.

From time to time you may voluntarily give us further personal data.

How we use your personal information

We will typically collect and use this information to ensure that your donation is appropriately recorded, that any Gift Aid returns can be made and so that we can keep you updated with the work we are doing at the JSF.

We seek to ensure that our information collection and processing is always
proportionate. We will notify you of any material changes to information we collect or to the purposes for which we collect and process it.

Who we share your personal information with

We will only share your personal information with law enforcement or other authorities if required by law.

Other than the above we will not share your personal information with any other third party without your prior written consent beforehand.

Those applying for a grant from our foundation

Who we are

The JSF collects, uses and is responsible for certain personal information about you in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation which applies across the European Union (including in the United Kingdom). We are responsible as controllers of that personal information for the purposes of those laws.

In this privacy notice, references to “we” or “us” means the JSF.

Data Protection principles

We will comply with the data protection principles when gathering and using personal information, as set out in our data protection policy.

The personal information we collect and use: Information collected by us

In the course of fulfilling our obligations to ensure that we are fairly distributing funds from the JSF we collect some or all of the following personal information when you provide it to us:

  • Grantee name
  • Grantee address;
  • Grantee telephone number;
  • Grantee e-mail address;
  • Grantee Date of birth;
  • Name of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
  • Address of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
  • Telephone number of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
  • Email of person applying for grant if different from grantee;
  • Association of applicant from grantee;
  • The level of grant that is being applied for:
  • The reasons for the application;
  • The area of interest in which the application falls;
  • The financial circumstances of the grantee
  • Signature;
  • Bank details;
  • Proof of your address by way of Council Tax bill or other relevant information;
  • A copy of your credit report to confirm your financial status;
  • Diagnosis letters and/or referral letters from professionals; and
  • Whether you would like to join our mailing list.

From time to time you may voluntarily give us further personal data

How we use your personal information

We will typically collect and use this information to assess your application and for our Trustees to decide whether or not to grant the application and so that we can keep you updated with the work we are doing at the JSF.

We seek to ensure that our information collection and processing is always proportionate. We will notify you of any material changes to information we collect or to the purposes for which we collect and process it.

Who we share your personal information with

We will only share your personal information with law enforcement or other authorities if required by law.

Other than the above we will not share your personal information with any other third party without your prior written consent beforehand.

Where your personal information may be held

Information may be held at our office in the UK, on Dropbox and Mailchimp.

We have security measures in place to seek to ensure that there is appropriate security for information we hold including those measures detailed in our Data Protection Policy.

How long your personal information will be kept

We may retain information for up to 6 years in accordance with UK tax and liability laws.

Reasons we can collect and use your personal information

We rely on “legitimate interest” as the lawful basis on which we collect and use
your personal data in order to carry out the functions of a professional registered charity.

Your rights under GDPR

Under the General Data Protection Regulations you have a number of important rights for which we cannot charge. Those rights which are applicable to the data we hold include the right to:

  • fair processing of data and transparency over how we use your data
  • access your personal data and to certain other information given here
  • require us to correct any mistakes in your data
  • require the erasure of personal information concerning you in certain situations
  • receive the personal information concerning you which you have provided to us, in a structured, commonly used and machine-readable format and have the right to transmit those data to a third party in certain situations
  • object at any time to processing of personal information concerning you for direct marketing
  • object to decisions being taken by automated means which produce legal effects concerning you or similarly significantly affect you
  • object in certain other situations to our continued processing of your personal information
  • otherwise restrict our processing of your personal information in certain circumstances
  • claim compensation for damages caused by our breach of any data protection laws

For further information on each of those rights, including the circumstances in which they apply, see the UK Information Commissioner’s Office website.

If you would like to exercise any of those rights, please:

  • Email us at mail@johnsykesfoundation.org, write to our Data Protection Officer at the following address: 23/24 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DE, or call us on 0118 903 5909;
  • let us have enough information to identify you;
  • let us have proof of your identity and address (a copy of your driving licence or passport and a recent utility or credit card bill); and
  • let us know the information to which your request relates, including any account or reference numbers, if you have them.

Keeping your personal information secure

We have appropriate security measures in place to prevent personal information from being accidentally lost, or used or accessed in an unauthorised way. We limit access to your personal information to those who have a genuine business need to know it. Those processing your information will do so only in an authorised manner and are subject to a duty of confidentiality.

We also have procedures in place to deal with any suspected data security breach. We will notify you and any applicable regulator of a suspected data security breach where we are legally required to do so.

How to complain

We hope that we can resolve any query or concern you raise about our use of your information. If you wish to contact us about a suspected breach, or if you have any questions or queries about how we are processing your data, please Email us at mail@johnsykesfoundation.org, write to our Data Protection Officer at the following address: 23/24 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DE, or call us on 0118 903 5909.

The General Data Protection Regulation also gives you right to lodge a complaint with a supervisory authority, in particular in the European Union (or European Economic Area) state where you work, normally live or where any alleged infringement of data protection laws occurred. The supervisory authority in the UK is the Information Commissioner who may be contacted at https://ico.org.uk/concerns/ or by telephone on: 0303 123 1113.

Changes to this privacy notice

This privacy notice was published on 1/1/2018 and last updated on 13/10/2018.

We may change this privacy notice from time to time, and when we do so we will inform you.

Contact Us

Contact Us

Whether you are a potential donor or looking for support we would love to hear from you. Please call or complete the contact form below and we will be in touch as soon as possible.

Telephone     0118 903 5909          Address     23/24 Market Place, Reading RG1 2DE

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Donate

Donate

You can help us make a real difference to people in and around Reading that need support. They may have a talent and just need a helping hand to give them the opportunity to realise their dream or simply need support at a time when they may be feeling vulnerable or alone.

You may like to support us by holding an event and donating the proceeds, giving a donation in memory of a special person or getting involved in one of our events.

We really appreciate your interest in the foundation and welcome your donation. You can either send us a cheque made payable to the John Sykes Foundation, donate online through the link below, or by printing the donation form below.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK tax payer and you’re able to complete a gift aid declaration we can benefit by receiving a further 25p in every £1 from the Inland Revenue at no extra cost to you! This means that a £10 donation can be turned into £12.50 and it won’t cost you a thing! Please complete and sign the gift aid section of our donation form.

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Regular Donation

Regular donations from supporters help us to plan for the future, and setting up a monthly or annual donation to the John Sykes Foundation couldn’t be easier. Please download the donation form, complete the standing order section, and post the form to us. Alternatively, just get in touch and we’ll send the form to you.

Future Support

You may wish to leave us a gift in your Will. This will allow future generations to benefit from your generosity and leave a lasting legacy for the people of Reading.

We will be producing an information leaflet with more details in the near future. If you’d like further information please contact our office.

Testimonials

Testimonials

 

Liam Macdevitt

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The foundation has made a huge difference to me, it’s given me the opportunity to make my dream a reality. It’s enabled me to maximise my potential and given me everything I need to try and qualify for the Olympics.

By helping me with the cost of gym, physio, equipment and travel expenses I have been able to focus on my training without having to worry about raising money and the cost involved. This extra support has allowed me to gain access to opportunities that would have been almost impossible without the support. For example, I have been invited to take part in a European athletics circuit, which will be against Europe’s best athletes. I cannot thank the foundation enough, for not just their financial support but also their continued encouragement.

The whole team at the foundation are committed to bettering the lives of people in Reading, the passion and determination to do this has been humbling. I cannot begin to justify their kindness through words, I can only try to repay them by doing all I can to become an Olympian.

Thea Clarke

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My life has changed overnight following my diagnosis of Ewing Sarcoma (Cancer). I’m only 13 and when I found out I had cancer last year I was completely shocked…

Ewing Sarcoma is a rare form of bone cancer. It most commonly affects people between the ages of 10 to 20 years old. It’s an aggressive form of cancer and requires intensive treatment. As a result of diagnosis Thea underwent an operation to harvest eggs and ovarian tissue and insert a Hickman line. She was then treated with intensive chemotherapy for 18 weeks. In March she had an operation to remove bone and tissue and insert a metal knee joint, which was screwed into her tibia and femur. Thea is currently undergoing consolidation chemotherapy for another 24 weeks.

The foundation was able to present Thea with an iPad air. Something she desperately wanted so that she could talk to her friends and watch films when having chemotherapy.

Thea said, “Thank you so so much for my iPad. I love it!

I have used it to get in touch with my friends, Skype my cousin who is at university, and play lots of games. I am also using it to catch up on my schoolwork as I have not been to school since I had my first operation at the end of September.

I spend quite a lot of time chatting with my best friend Grace. I have also started to do jigsaws on it – this is so much better as normally my back aches when I lean over the table to do the big jigsaws with Mum.

I really do appreciate the size of the iPad as I can hold it easily and it is not too heavy like a computer is on my leg. I am also easily able to take it to hospital as I spend quite a lot of time in either the Royal Berks, or the John Radcliffe. I am doing an art award with the school teachers in Oxford and I will be writing my comments for my portfolio on my iPad.

Thank you again – its brilliant”

We’re delighted to have been able to bring a smile to her face.

History of Reading

History of Reading

Reading began life as a Saxon settlement. Reading was originally called Reada ingas, which means the people of Reada. Reada was a Saxon leader who settled in the area with his tribe in the 6th century.

In the Middle Ages a medieval Reading prospered because it was on the main road between London and the West of England. Making cloth was the mainstay of Reading’s economy. Wool from Berkshire flocks was brought to Reading by boat. There was also a leather industry in Reading. Before 1125 the King owned the town.

There were 3 parishes in the town, St Mary’s, St Giles and St Laurence’s. In the Middle Ages each parish had to have butts where all men practiced archery on Sunday.

By 1525, Reading was the largest town in Berkshire, and tax returns show that Reading was the 10th largest town in England when measured by taxable wealth.

In 1538-40 Henry VIII closed Reading Abbey, the Greyfriars and St John the Baptist hospital. The last Abbot was hanged outside the Abbey gates for refusing to recognise Henry as head of the Church of England. In the Middle Ages the Abbot was Lord of Reading. When the Abbey closed the King became Reading’s Lord. But Henry granted the town independence. The merchants were allowed to form a town council and the members were given the right to elect the mayor and other officials. The Greyfriars church was turned into a town hall. Meanwhile Reading Abbey became a private house. Henry’s son Edward VI gave it to his uncle the Duke of Somerset. Duke Street is named after him. But after 1546 the Abbey stood empty and people plundered it to provide building materials for other buildings in the town.

Reading underwent a major change in the 17th century. For centuries the wool trade had been the main industry. In the 17th century it declined and by the early 18th century was no longer a major industry in the town.

A merchant named James Kendrick left money in his Will to erect a building where the poor could be employed in making cloth. This building, the Oracle, was erected in 1628.

Reading, like other Stuart towns, suffered outbreaks of plague. Then in 1688 came the Reading fight. King James II was deposed and fled abroad.

In 1723 Reading gained its first newspaper the Reading Mercury.

During the 18th century much of Reading was rebuilt and its buildings became much more elegant.

By the end of the 18th century the cloth industry in Reading was dead but new industries were growing to replace it. In 1785 Simmonds brewery opened in Broad Street (brewing became a major industry in the 19th century). There were also a huge variety of craftsmen in Reading. There were butchers, bakers and grocers. There were also coopers, cutlers, joiners, carpenters, masons, glaziers, plumbers and blacksmiths. Other craftsmen were boat builders, bookbinders, clock makers, and pipe makers. Tanning and brick making were still important industries in the 18th century. Less important industries in Reading included pin making, coach building, ribbon making, rope making and printing.

At the time of the first census in 1801 Reading had a population of just fewer than 10,000. By the standards of the time it was quite a large town. In the 19th century new industries grew up. In 1807 John Sutton a corn and seed merchant founded Suttons seeds. In 1822 Joseph Huntley opened a biscuit bakery. Huntley and Palmer later became an important employer in the town, with more than 5,000 employees. Another large industry was brewing. So Reading became known as the town of three Bs, bulbs, biscuits and breweries.

The Royal Berkshire hospital opened in 1839. The first cemetery opened in 1843. A Public Board of Health was established in 1850. The board dug sewers across the town. They also replaced the slaughterhouses in the town centre with ones by a new cattle market in Great Knollys Street.

There were many other improvements in Victorian Reading. In 1862 Forbury was laid out as a formal garden and new municipal buildings opened in 1876. A public library opened in Reading in 1884.

An art school opened in 1860. A science school opened in 1870. In 1882 these two schools merged. Meanwhile in 1877 Kendrick boys and girls schools opened.

In 1889 the boundaries of Reading were enlarged. Horse drawn trams began running in Reading in 1879. Electric trams replaced them in 1903. However buses in turn replaced them. The last trams in Reading ran in 1939.

In 1909 Reading gained its first cinemas. In 1911 the boundaries were extended again to include Caversham and Tilehurst. In 1920 the first council houses were built in Shinfield Road.

Reading University opened in 1926. An aerodrome opened in Woodley in 1931.

During the Second World War Reading was considered a ‘safe’ town (one unlikely to be bombed). Therefore many children from London were evacuated to Reading early in the war. But it was not entirely safe. In an air raid on 10 February 1941 41 people were killed and 153 were injured.

In the 1950’s more council houses were built in Reading. One new development was St Michael’s estate between Reading and Tilehurst. South of Reading the Whitley estate was extended. Another council estate was built at Emmer Green. The first council flats were built at Southcote in 1959. Many private houses were also built.

Broad Street Mall opened in 1971. Also in 1971 Friars Walk shopping centre was built. The M4 opened in 1971.

But there were major changes in industry in Reading. Suttons Seeds closed in 1976. Huntley and Palmers biscuits closed in 1977. Simmonds brewery moved to a new site on the edge of Reading in the 1970’s. On the other hand some firms moved their headquarters to Reading in the 1970’s as rents in London became very expensive.

Reading gained its first commercial radio station in 1976. The same year a new civic office was built. A new Central Library was built in 1985 and a new railway station in 1989. Rivermead Leisure Centre opened in 1988. The Oracle Shopping Centre opened in Reading in 1999.

John Sykes conceived his business in 2000 and now becomes part of the successful history of Reading as he launched his charity for the people in 2014.

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About

About the Foundation

Sykes Family

The John Sykes Foundation was established on April 10th 2014 with the aim of helping to transform the lives of people in and around Reading.

Real Estate entrepreneur John Sykes was born and raised in the borough, he lived at Cemetery Junction and attended Alfred Sutton School before going on to conceive his businesses.

John has had a vision to establish a local charity for a number of years with the aim of helping anyone in the town that can demonstrate a need for support. Now the multi-millionaire has set up the John Sykes Foundation, which will provide grants and support to people living in Reading.

The foundation aims to support people from all walks of life in areas including education, health, disability, sport, arts and culture, science and any other charitable purpose. There are four levels of grants that can be applied for ranging from smaller grants under £500 to larger grants up to £10,000.

The charity is being personally supported by John Sykes who will meet the costs of the organisation so that 100% of the funds raised are distributed back to the people of Reading.

Reading is a thriving town but there are still people that are forgotten and as a local charity the foundation aims to reach people that national organisations are unable to support.

The charity gives the people of Reading a chance to reach their goals, live their dreams or get a helping hand when they are vulnerable or alone.

How we can help

How we can help

The foundation has been established to help individuals who live within an identified area of reach in and around Reading UK.

We are keen to hear from people who need help and support. We’ve made the process simple, please review the criteria and see where and how you can benefit and make an application. If you need help please get in touch.

We have 4 levels of grant applications.

Minster

Please make an application for this grant if you need £500 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

Please complete the application form and include details of your requirements.

Reading Minster, or the Minster Church of St Mary the Virgin as it is more properly known, is the oldest ecclesiastical foundation in Reading.

Abbey

Please make an application for this grant if you need £2,500 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

Please complete the application form and include details of your requirements.

The abbey was founded by Henry I in 1121. The Abbey’s Inner Gateway also known as the Abbey Gateway adjoins Reading’s crown court and Forbury Gardens. 

Forbury

Please make an application for this grant if you need £5,000 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

In 1854, Forbury Hill and the eastern section of the present gardens were sold to Reading Corporation for £1200.  Work started in 1855 and the Pleasure Gardens opened on Easter Sunday 1856.

Maiwand Lion
Maiwand

Please make an application for this grant if you need £10,000 or less for your project/equipment or area of support.

The Maiwand Lion is a sculpture and war memorial in the Forbury Gardens. The statue was named after the Battle of Maiwand and was erected in 1886 to commemorate the deaths of 329 men from the 66th (Berkshire) Regiment of Foot during the campaign in Afghanistan between 1878 and 1880. The sculptor was George Blackall Simonds, a member of the Reading brewing family. 

 Who can apply

Each grant is not currently time specific. The individual grants are structured with a grant total therefore it’s important to apply to the correct grant programme.

At the moment no single award will be more than £10,000. The foundation wants to ensure that it can help as many individuals as possible and has consequently put a limit on the total grant amount awarded; this may change as more funds are raised.

For children up to the age of 18, please ensure that you have a suitable adult to support you making the application, or to make the application on your behalf. If you are under 18 and have any difficulties please contact us to discuss, we want to hear from you. 

Applications are open to individuals that live (as your place of residence) in and around Reading. If you reside in the area on the map below you would be eligible to apply.

Map of Reading

How does it work

When you submit your application you will be notified that it has been received. Applications for funding will be assessed by the Trustees. However, if a request is urgent please make us aware that a decision is time critical.

You will be advised whether you have been taken forward to the next stage. If you are unsuccessful we will also let you know.

Following a successful initial application you will either be invited to the charity office or we will visit you at your home. You will be asked to tell us more about your project, give financial details and tell us why you have made the application and what you hope to achieve.

Following this meeting a decision will be made and you will be informed verbally with confirmation in writing.

You will be asked to provide us with receipts and proof of expenditure for the grant and we will agree a time frame for it to be used. We may also ask you to support our marketing activity and help us promote the charity at any time.

How to apply

Please complete the application form below, or download and complete the form and post or e-mail it to our office.

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First Name

Surname

Email

Address

Postcode

Telephone

Date of Birth


If you are applying on behalf of someone else, please complete your details below:

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