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Community Foundation for Merseyside co-hosts VIP reception event at 10 Downing Street

Kevin Horkin, Dame Lorna Muirhead, Samantha Cameron, Cathy Elliott and Dennis Mendoros

THE Community Foundation for Merseyside held an evening reception at 10 Downing Street, London earlier this week, hosted by Samantha Cameron.

The event, which took place on Tuesday January 29, aimed to showcase the Community Foundation’s work on behalf of local charities, community groups and philanthropists to an invited audience of Merseyside’s business leaders, benefactors and donors.

Mrs Cameron welcomed the guests before Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation and Chris Bliss, Estate Director for Liverpool ONE and Community Foundation Supporter, each gave a short speech on the importance of charitable giving at this time.

Guests also had the opportunity to meet with staff from the Community Foundation for Merseyside and see a selection of short films of recent community projects that have been successfully supported, in order to find out more about the vital work that the charity carries out.

Cathy Elliott, Chief Executive of the Community Foundation said: “The Community Foundation for Merseyside is dedicated to helping local people at a grassroots level.

“Since we first launched in 1999, we have distributed over £45 million in grants to around 9,500 community groups and individuals across the region. Last year alone, we invested approximately £1.2 million into Merseyside in projects which are transforming local communities and improving lives.

“I feel incredibly proud of these achievements, which have only been made possible through the generosity of our donors and are testament to the hard work and dedication of those in our sector.

“I also want to say a huge thank you to Fort Vale Engineering, Hill Dickinson, The Horkin Group and Rathbones Investment Management for supporting this event and helping to make it possible.”

The Community Foundation for Merseyside is an independent registered charity which undertakes strategic grant making, facilitates philanthropy and contributes to achieving positive social change in local communities.

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