Napthens Cumbria Fund

Solicitors firm, Napthens, has offices in Penrith and Kendal, and its staff are dedicated to supporting charitable projects across the region. Several fundraising events have been held, including two annual rounders matches, raising more than £2,000.

The Napthens Cumbria Fund was set up in 2016 with the aim of raising £25,000 which will contribute to the Cumbria Fund annually. Donations of all sizes are pooled together to grow the Cumbria Fund and respond to the growing needs of local communities by providing much-needed funding, year on year, to charitable organisations.

James Todhunter, Head of Cumbria for Napthens, said: “As a regional business, we want our charitable activities to benefit the communities we serve. In Cumbria, perhaps more so than anywhere else in the country we have such a large, diverse area with a huge variety of prosperity and opportunity but also challenges and poverty. It would be an enormous task to support enough causes individually to cover our operations in the county. In creating our own fund within Cumbria Community Foundation we can count upon their extensive knowledge, experience and guidance to ensure that grants will be used to support many worthwhile causes over the whole area. We are really proud to be associated with the Foundation and look forward to many years ahead of fundraising and grantmaking through our fund.”

Kendal based social enterprise, Right2Work, collects and recycles unwanted furniture from residents throughout South Cumbria, directing waste away from landfill. The project recently received a grant from the Cumbria Fund to offer work training schemes for local people who are disabled or disadvantaged, supporting them to learn new skills, understand the world of work and enable sustainable employment opportunities.