New Hope Worcestershire has received £5,000 to fund a kitchen refurbishment to teach cooking skills to local children who have disabilities.

The donation was provided by the Santander Foundation, which offers Discovery Grants to UK registered charities for projects that help disadvantaged people in local communities.

New Hope Worcestershire is a charity that works with families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs. The organisation offers them access to leisure activities in their community during school holidays and on Saturdays.

The grant will be used to refurbish their kitchen, which is used to teach the disabled children independent living skills through cooking lessons. The activity aims to provide a safe and stimulating environment for the children to play and learn freely.

Jean Wilson MBE, Founder of New Hope Worcestershire, said: “New Hope is delighted to receive the grant from the Santander Foundation. The donation means that the children will now have a fully functioning kitchen in which to prepare their dishes and bake cakes, which is something we find they particularly enjoy.”

James Crawford, Branch Director at Santander’s Worcester branch said: “The Santander Foundation makes hundreds of donations every year to good causes throughout the UK. Our branch is committed to playing a key part in the community and we are delighted to be supporting New Hope Worcestershire, and hope the donation makes a real difference to local children.”

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Notes to Editors:

Media Contact
Stephanie Harris at Santander      Tel: 020 7756 4221

Jean Wilson at New Hope             Tel: 0786 0944 781

About New Hope Worcestershire

We are a non-profit specialist provision working with families who have children with disabilities and complex health care needs. New Hope is registered with Ofsted (number EY415233). For more information please visit:

Santander Foundation
The Santander Foundation is at the heart of the Bank’s community activities, providing grants to small charities and social enterprises working with disadvantaged people to fund skills, knowledge and innovation projects across the UK. Discovery Grants of up to £5,000 are available to support three types of activity:

  • Explorer: improving people’s knowledge
  • Transformer: supporting skills and experience
  • Changemaker: innovative solutions to social challenges

Over the last five years, the Santander Foundation has provided £25 million in funding to 12,600 UK charities and in 2016 a further £5 million will be available through Discovery Grants and Staff Matched Donations. For more information please visit:

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