Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation

Local, independent charitable trusts or foundations are important community assets, providing financial resources when and where they are most needed. There are times when such charities might need a helping hand either with finding the right causes to support or the administration. In such cases Cumbria Community Foundation can help.

The Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation (CBSCF) was set up by Cumberland Building Society in November 1998, although they are separate organisations. In 2011 we took over administration of the charity and by working together, we have streamlined the application process to make it easier for local community groups to request and receive funding.

Brian Edmundson, Chairman of the Cumberland Building Society Charitable Foundation, said: “We work closely with CCF who administer the Fund on our behalf and undertake the initial assessment of the wide range of applications received.  Working in this way we draw on the vast experience and knowledge of local issues at CCF, thus ensuring grants are directed to where they give maximum benefit to those in need in our community.  As a ‘clearing house’ for so many Funds they can often bring funders together for a project which otherwise might fall short of finance – a particularly helpful service to applicants.”

Blood Bikes Cumbria & South West Scotland is a group of 50 self-funded volunteers who provide an out-of-hours emergency service, transporting everything from blood to breast milk between the West Cumberland Hospital in Whitehaven, the Cumberland Infirmary in Carlisle and hematology laboratories in Newcastle. They received £1,000 to help with running their new emergency response motorcycle.

Alan Bragg, Treasurer, said: “Within the first twelve months, we made in excess of 300 journeys as well as regular daily transfers during evenings and weekends between West Cumbria and Carlisle, and also Newcastle in conjunction with Northumbria Blood Bikes. This required us to increase our fleet which we would have been unable to do without the funding.”