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Cumbria Community Foundation holds reception and viewing at Abbot Hall Art Gallery

L-R: Andy Beeforth, Chelsea Eves and Richard Dawson

As Cumbria Community Foundation celebrates its 20th year, it has held its annual reception and private viewing at Abbot Hall Art Gallery, supported by Rathbones Kendal. The event on the 23rd of October is held annually and this year the exhibition, also sponsored by Rathbones, brings Scottish Colourist works from the renowned Fleming Collection to be shown alongside the Lakeland Arts Trust’s own collection of Scottish Colourist pieces.

The reception is an opportunity for Andy Beeforth, CEO of Cumbria Community Foundation, to provide an update on the Foundation’s work this year and its plans for the coming year. Cumbria Community Foundation is an award-winning charity dedicated to meeting community need by providing grants in aid of community and voluntary organisations in Cumbria. Launched by 20 like-minded philanthropists in 1999, the charity has to-date given out more than £44 million in grant aid.

In celebration of its 20th anniversary, Cumbria Community Foundation also launched a book in May titled “Giving Back, Looking Forward”, created to celebrate the people and communities of Cumbria and the power of philanthropy to change lives. Copies of the book are available in exchange for a donation to Cumbria Community Foundation. All the money from the sale of Giving Back, Looking Forward will go to the Cumbria Fund 20th Anniversary Appeal.

Rathbones, one of the longest-established investment managers in the UK, provides future-focused wealth management for its clients, including charities for which Rathbones provides bespoke and specialist services. Rathbones shares insights from its research at an annual symposium for charity trustees in London, as well as at its free seminars and training events locally and across the UK. Rathbones’ local office in Kendal also supports a number of initiatives aimed at supporting a vibrant cultural scene in Cumbria and its surrounds and developing and retaining talent and business leadership locally.

Richard Dawson, Regional Director at Rathbones Kendal, said: “It’s always a great pleasure to support Cumbria Community Foundation’s annual reception at Abbot Hall. The Foundation continues to represent a remarkable example of well-managed philanthropy’s considerable positive impact in our community. We also greatly enjoyed hosting a free training day for charity trustees last week – supporting charities to manage their wealth for the long term as they contribute to our community will always an important part of our work.”

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