The WPA Benevolent Foundation fulfils WPA´s second constitutional objective and has a clear remit: to promote good health.
The Foundation likes to support three to six year projects, working with communities and special-interest groups who share our hopes and ambitions. Longer-term partnerships - best practice in supporting good causes - ensure that we are able to work from the inception of a ´good idea´ through to maturity.
The Trustees of the WPA Benevolent Foundation direct the work of the Foundation and decide which good causes it will support. At the current time we are actively involved in a number of projects where examples of our work include: creating outdoor activity spaces in Somerset schools, supporting the Cadet Bands in Bristol and Somerset; the Helford River Children´s Sailing Trust in Cornwall; helping to expand Scouting membership in Devon and Somerset; reducing the waiting list for Girlguiding in Gloucestershire whilst continuing to support the WPA Charitable Foundation.
Unfortunately, The WPA Benevolent Foundation is not able to accept applications unless their submission has been agreed in advance, so if you would like to be considered please send a brief project description by e-mail, including a contact telephone number to firstname.lastname@example.org, and he will be able to guide you as to whether your project falls within the priority areas for the Foundation.
The Benevolent Foundation is the Corporate Trustee of the WPA Charitable Foundation, that supports families in financial distress with profoundly ill children and other related projects promoting the good health of children.
Somerset Primary Schools
Supporting 43 of Somerset´s primary schools on a shared funding basis to create outdoor activity spaces. One of the many quotes that exemplifies the Foundations support is that of Marcus Capel, the Headteacher of Cutcombe and Timberscombe Schools:
"Before the project, grass play areas had become muddy and we did not have climbing at either school to encourage the children to use their upper body muscles. Early on in the design, it was apparent that an all weather surface and equipment were vital to raising health and broadening opportunities for the children. Since being installed; the climbing wall has been in constant use and the inventive play with the Podley sets has seen some brilliant construction of dens, forts, balance trails and mazes.
It has been a resounding success and we are indebted to the WPA Benevolent Foundation without whom such a project would not have been possible."
Marcus Capel, Headteacher of Cutcombe and Timberscombe Schools
Supporting the WPA Charitable Foundation
2014 - The Foundation is again pleased to support the WPA Charitable foundation that has provided a state-of-the-art children´s operating table for the Bristol Children´s Hospital.
2013 - This project supported the WPA Charitable Foundation´s funding of surgical equipment at Musgrove Park Hospital, part of Somerset NHS Foundation Trust.
The Chief Executive of Musgrove Park, Jo Cubbon was "absolutely delighted" with the donation while consultant paediatric surgeon, Mr Arthur Dunkley, said, "The support of the WPA Charitable Foundation has given Musgrove´s medical and surgical teams access to the latest pioneering technology for a whole range of conditions in children and adults".
St Dubricius School
The Foundation co-funded the purchase of 15 balance bikes, helmets and road signs which will be used to support the physical development of children at St Dubricius Church of England First School.
"The balance bikes provide us with a unique opportunity to develop the children´s cycling skills, road awareness and to embed safe practices around the use of cycle helmets...[this] enhances the children´s understanding of the road and starts to engender a love of cycling. Without the WPA Benevolent Foundation, we would not have been able to provide this opportunity."
Christopher Blazey, Head Teacher
Milford Infants' School
The Foundation assisted Milford Infants' School in Yeovil with the purchase of a range of outdoor equipment such as river stones, balancing boards, jump balls, a mini gym, ropes, space hoppers, pedal rollers, messy station (pictured), waterproof clothing, twin walkers, balancing bikes, building equipment, pop-up goals and hoops thereby significantly enhancing outside playtime activities.