John Sykes Foundation to donate a further £5,000 by the end of August 2018

Do you know someone, or are you, in need of financial support? If so, the John Sykes Foundation wants to hear from you.  

The John Sykes Foundation was launched in 2014 with the aim to support individuals from all walks of life who live within a five mile radius of Reading Town Centre, in areas such as education, health, arts, culture, heritage, sports, science, financial hardship,and/or disability. Their aim is to be there when no other avenues of support are available.

The charity, which was founded by John Sykes, who was born and bred in Reading, have a further £5,000, which they would like to pledge by the end of August. The Foundation trustees are currently searching for local residents whose lives could benefit with a little help. This could be via a one off grant, or various smaller grants divided between several individuals.

John Sykes, the Charity’s Founder said:

This summer we would like to see an increase in grant applications, and I’m hopeful that our Foundation can really engage with the Reading community and find individuals in need of our support. Because we do not specialise in any particular area our only limitation is that the individual who needs support lives in Reading and just some of the ways where the Foundation can help would be supporting:

a child or family struggling with an illness or disability by purchasing specialist equipment not available from the NHS, or even just organising a day out; or
an individual with a talent, but without financial support they would not be able to reach the next level; or
helping an individual or small group with a special project which they want to create which will benefit the Reading community for future generations.

There are so many ways we can help and so anyone thinking about applying in their own right or for someone else, we hope you will engage with us so we can understand the need.”

Some examples of where the charity has awarded grants to date include:

financially supporting an aspiring athlete to reach his ultimate goal, to compete in the Olympics;
providing a trampoline to a child with additional needs;
helping a young girl diagnosed with cancer to stay on top of her school work and explore other hobbies whilst in hospital by donating an iPad; and
Supporting 5 youths from under privileged backgrounds gain confidence.

This is to name just a few.