Estate of Bournemouth woman goes to community groups in Dorset

ALMOST £50,000 has been raised for grassroots groups in Dorset in memory of a ‘passionate’ Bournemouth resident.

Working with the Dorset Community Foundation (DCF), the sister of Bournemouth resident Vivien Barnard has donated £49,500 from her late sister’s estate to 16 groups across the county.

Vivien’s legacy fund has helped community groups ranging from learning disability projects to days of respite for unpaid caregivers.

DCF director Grant Robson said: ‘Vivien died last year and her sister Susan told us she was passionate about the Dorset community. So she felt that creating this fund in her name was a way to honor that.

“The family wanted the grants to go to small grassroots groups where they would have the most impact, which we as a foundation can offer because we know where the need is and which groups are best placed to help. answer to.”

The fund was set up in November and among the beneficiaries is the Bournemouth Spear Trust, which received £5,000 to work with young adults on the margins of employment.

Access Dorset has been awarded £5,000 to support the relaunch of the Bournemouth Older People’s Forum Friday club at Horizons Café, which is staffed by young people with disabilities.

Friends of Stour Connect, meanwhile, will use £4,000 to cover the mileage costs of volunteers working with Shaftsbury’s Meals on Wheels service.

Mr Robson added: “We are very proud that Vivien’s family chose us to honor what they would have wanted to do with their estate and this is a perfect example of local giving in action.”

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