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Our charities

About the charities we support and why they're important to us

Fund Boards Council is proud to support grassroots charities and causes that are close to the heart of the FBC team. We make an annual donation, split across three charities chosen by FBC team members, on behalf of the many speakers and experts who give their time and expertise to support our work in fund governance. It’s our way of thanking them and also doing our bit for the communities in which we live and work.

More details about the charities we have chosen for 2021/22 are below and if you’d like more information about FBC’s charitable programme, please do get in touch.

Fund Boards Council supports charities

Ambitious About Autism

“AAA supports every autistic child and young person in their right to be themselves and realise their ambitions. They stand with autistic children, young people and their families to champion rights, campaign for change and create opportunities.

They started as one school and have become a movement for change. AAA’s services include providing information and practical support and delivering specialist education and employment programmes. 

My own family, like so many others, has first-hand experience of not only the challenges that some people with autism face but also of the unique and invaluable skills and experience that they contribute when given the right support and opportunities.

That’s why I am proud that FBC is supporting Ambitious About Autism.”

Brandon Horwitz
Brandon Horwitz
Senior Adviser and Non-Executive Director, Fund Boards Council

Winston’s Wish

“I have chosen to support a less well-known charity called Winston’s Wish – the first childhood bereavement charity in the UK. 

When I lost my mum to cancer I was still a teenager, and while her loss impacted almost every aspect of my life, at that time there was no outside help or charity in existence that I could turn to. Thankfully, I had great support from my family, but I would have hugely benefitted from an organisation like Winston’s Wish. 

Established in 1992 – the year after my mum passed away – Winston’s Wish support bereaved children and young people, leading the way in providing specialist child bereavement support services (both emotional and

practical) to children, young people and those who care for them. Their expert teams offer one-off and ongoing bereavement support as well as online resources, specialist publications and training for professionals. 

Last year, Winston’s Wish supported over 18,000 children and young people after the death of someone close to them. This is a devastating situation for a child, but with the right support at the right time, delivered in the right way by organisations like Winston’s Wish, children can go on to lead full and flourishing lives.

Fiona Evans
Fiona Evans
Director, Head of Operations, Fund Boards Council

Home-Start Crawley, Horsham and Mid-Sussex

“Parenting small children can be tough – even with the support of family and friends and when life is going according to plan. It’s even tougher if life suddenly throws you a curveball and you find yourself isolated, facing challenges such as financial hardship, physical or mental ill-health or bereavement. This is where Home-Start comes in.

They train volunteers to work closely with families with small children to help deal with these and other challenges they face and to give parents the confidence and skills they need to cope and build better lives for their children.

As a former trustee of the charity, I’ve seen first-hand the inspiring work of Home-Start’s volunteers and the hugely positive impact it has on the life chances of many disadvantaged families and children and I’ve also seen how demand for their unique type of family support has grown over the years, particularly given the additional challenges that the pandemic has heaped on many of these families.

That’s why I’m delighted that Fund Boards Council has chosen Home-Start CHAMS as one of its charities this year.”

Catherine Battershill
Catherine Battershill
Managing Director, Fund Boards Council