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Northants Community Aid


Working together to make a difference


Businesses are being encouraged to work together to consolidate their charitable giving into grants and donations that help some of the smaller, grassroots charities within the Northamptonshire community. Set up and run by a group of trustees and


volunteers, Northants Community Aid supports smaller charities that often don’t attract the funding the large charities can access, but for whom even a modest amount of money can make a huge diff erence. T e core fundraising is through a membership


arrangement that invites small businesses to pay £250 per year and for that, they can see their


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money being put to good use across the county and they also benefi t from regular networking and fundraising events that add value to the business as a whole. Steve Adams , Chairman of Northants Community Aid, explained:


“A few years ago, a group of friends got together to form Walk for Cause which raised money for an appeal for breast cancer equipment at Northampton General Hospital. “Over the years that group changed in size and personnel but we


wanted to keep the fundraising going and so we became Northants Community Aid, with a slightly diff erent model. It sometimes feels like you’re going back to the same people over and over again to ask for money and so we decided instead to ask businesses who were looking for a charity to support to consider paying into our ‘pot’ and they can see smaller social enterprise groups and charities benefi ting. “Members can suggest their own preferred charity, and we will do


our best to help them, but over the course of a year we’ll consider all kinds of good causes or charities that might otherwise struggle to raise what often isn’t a large amount of money.” As an example, Northants Community Aid has recently helped


Café Track in Northampton’s Market Square. T e café off ers work experience opportunities to young people with autism but, like many such outlets, has been hard hit by lockdown. Seating people inside was uneconomical once social distancing rules were applied and so the owners decided to buy tables and chairs to create an outside seating area.


“We were able to give them the grant to make that happen and they’ll


soon have an al fresco seating area where they can serve customers and carry on their good work,” said Steve. “In total it was around £750, the equivalent of three businesses’ memberships for the year, which


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