A.F. Blakemore Awards 12 Good Causes £1,917 Heritage Grants

December 20, 2017


A.F. Blakemore has concluded its centenary year by awarding 12 good causes a grant of £1,917 via its charitable trust, the Blakemore Foundation. 

The company set up its 1917 Heritage Grant Scheme in its 100th year to support local good causes across its trading area.

The scheme received more than 400 applications over spring and summer from good causes across the UK.

Each of the applicants were required to provide information on how the money would be used to sustain their good cause.

Colleagues Blakemore Retail Senior Regional Manager Owen Davies, Nicola Emery from SPAR Tonyrefail, Retail IT Projects Manager Julian Jones and independent retailer Jaqcui Dales were involved in nominating four of the successful applicants. 

Some of the good causes supported included Central Youth Theatre in Wolverhampton, St Richard’s Hospice based in Worcestershire, and educational programme World of Words in Rhondda Cynon Taf.

A.F. Blakemore Community Affairs Officer Kate Senter said: “A.F. Blakemore has a long history of supporting local good causes and the 1917 Heritage Grant Scheme has complemented this perfectly.

“It is hoped that each grant will support the local good cause’s sustainability for years to come in recognition of the company’s commitment to growing sustainably for the benefit of staff, customers and the community.”

The delivery of the 12 grants topped off a year of celebrations for A.F. Blakemore as throughout 2017 the company has been marking its centenary with a series of focus weeks and charity birthday parties aimed at celebrating the culture and history of the business.

A.F. Blakemore Group Board Director Caoire Blakemore commented: “It’s been fantastic to engage with so many worthwhile and diverse charities and organisations as part of our centenary celebrations.

“All at A.F. Blakemore are committed to improving the local communities in which we trade and the 1917 Heritage Grants Scheme has allowed this ethos to continue through our programme of celebrations which aren’t just about celebrating the past, but about looking forward to the future.”

St Richard’s Hospice Fundraiser Ria Simons commented: “We are very grateful to the Blakemore Foundation for choosing to support our care of patients with this generous donation. The money will go towards helping patients learn new skills and strategies on how to manage their symptoms through education, exercise, therapies and group support.

“All at St Richard’s Hospice would like to thank A.F. Blakemore for their support and wish the company a very happy 100th birthday.”

The Blakemore Foundation was established by the Blakemore family in 1992 and over the last 10 years has donated more than £1.7 million to good causes across the company’s trading area, which stretches across England and Wales.

A.F. Blakemore organised a series of cheque handovers to take place at stores and depots across its trading area: 


Clun & District Memorial Hall
Clun, Shropshire


St Richard's Hospice


Rainbows Children's Hospice
Loughborough, Leicestershire


Ickle Pickles Partnership


The Dyscovery Centre
Treforest, Pontypridd


Llandrindod Wells Football Club
Llandrindod Wells, Powys


World of Worlds
South Wales


Avoncroft Museum
Bromsgrove, Worcestershire


8th Wyberton Scouts
Boston, Lincolnshire


Central Youth Theatre


Newtown Rugby Club
Newtown, Powys

Top photo: Central Youth Theatre Co-Director Holly Parry and Founding Director Jane Ward MBE collect their £1,917 cheque from A.F. Blakemore Group Board Director Caoire Blakemore at the company’s head office in Willenhall


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