Martyn Nicholson, Russell Armer Fund

Russell Armer Homes have been creating new developments and homes in Cumbria since 1961.  In 2004 they set up their own charitable fund within the Foundation, which they donate to every year.

Martyn Nicholson, Managing Director said: “As a local company with local employees, we believe it is important to support our communities. Cumbria Community Foundation offered us the unique opportunity of setting up a fund to support community projects in the areas where we are building. Over the last 11 years we have derived great pleasure in seeing our fund put to good use in enabling many fantastic projects to go ahead. We look forward to working with the CCF in the years to come.”

The Russell Armer Fund has recently awarded money to Casterton Village Hall to upgrade their lighting system, Queen Katherine School’s Appleby Road Community Garden, and Grange School to install playground equipment. They also supported Kendal RUFC to help renovate their club facilities.

Stephen Green, Chairman of Kendal RUFC said: “We recognised that with the development of youth rugby and a successful women’s team we needed to upgrade our changing facilities to ensure they were suitable for use by all. We were very grateful for the financial support from the fund, which enabled us to complete the project ready for the new season. We now have up to 250 children playing rugby on a Sunday morning and the new facilities have helped build on this success.”

Andy Beeforth, CEO of the Foundation said: “Martyn has supported the Foundation in various ways. Not only has he set up a corporate fund to support small, local community groups, he’s also raised thousands of pounds for charity by taking part in our Rivers Ride cycling fundraising event and the Big Sleep, which raises money for our Winter Warmth Appeal.”