What we do

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Me 2 Club

Me 2 Club enables children and young people with additional needs and disabilities, aged 5-19, in the Wokingham Borough, to attend mainstream activities. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation supported Me 2 Club in November 2017 by awarding them a grant of £8,400, which secures them their essential office space for a year.

Me 2 Club Manager Tess Eagles said: “We are extremely grateful to The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for this donation. Every penny makes a huge difference to the charity.”

The Link Visiting Scheme, Wokingham

The Link Visiting Scheme aims to reduce loneliness, promote friendship and improve the health and wellbeing of their Link friends. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was delighted to award them a grant of £5,000 in July 2017 to fund their community kitchen project. 

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St. Andrew's Ark

Located in Sonning, Berkshire, St. Andrew's Ark is a new hall opened in May 2017, helped along by a donation of £100,000 from the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation. The hall will be used for outreach work, including a pensioner's lunch club and youth club. 

Building For The Future Awards 2017

Building For The Future (BFTF) are a wonderful charity providing activities, support and therapy for children with disabilities and/or additional needs and their families. In March 2017 BFTF had an awards evening to recognise all those who go that extra mile to support children with disabilities. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation is a keen supporter of BFTF and was delighted to sponsor the 'Therapist of the year' award.

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Royal Albert Hall

In 2017 the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation donated £100,000  towards The Royal Albert Hall's apprenticeship scheme. Each year the hall delivers innovative education programmes and outreach projects for thousands of children and adults each year. Whether it is providing a child with their very first opportunity to pick up an instrument, or improving the quality of life in a care home through the power of music, the Hall’s work has a positive and lasting effect on everyone involved.

Waltham St Lawrence Primary School

At the end of 2016 the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation funded a new interactive whiteboard for Waltham St Lawrence Primary School. This powerful tool optimises learning and provides stimuli for the whole classroom. 

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London Chamber Orchestra

David Brownlow has supported the London Chamber Orchestra for many years, and at the end of 2016 the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation announced it's three year partnership with the LCO to help fund it's Outreach Programme, Music Junction.

Music Junction's aims are to nurture greater empathy and connection between young people from different backgrounds. By bringing together children and young people who would not usually meet, and giving them shared opportunities to make music as a group, it aims to promote confidence, nurture self-esteem and encourage participants to develop respect for themselves and each other within their wider communities. This is facilitated in the form of workshops and performances. 

Support U

The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation gave Support U a grant of £15,000 in 2016 to cover the rent of their town center drop-in center. The Support U team provide specialist resources for LGBT people and those affected by LGBT related issues. The DBCF worked in partnership with Berkshire Community Foundation to award this grant. 

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Be A Santa To A Senior 2016

In 2016 the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation sponsored Twyford's annual 'Be A Santa For A Senior' Tea Party for the second consecutive year. The DBCF provided all the food and equipment, and a great time was had by over 130 of the senior residents of Twyford. 

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Age Concern Outreach Programme 2016 & 2017

The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation is funding this excellent programme in 2016 and 2017 to reduce isolation and make the lives of older residents more comfortable. This initiative allows a team of specialists to visit and befriend members of the community over 70 years old, plus providing them with vital information including where to go for care, and advice on getting attendance allowance, blue disability badges, mobility aids and lasting power of attorney. The DBCF is a regular donor to Age Concern, Twyford, and supports them in a number of ways.

Chattertots

Chattertots are a voluntary group based in Windsor, Berkshire, that provides speech therapy for toddlers with Down syndrome. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation gave £3,300 to Chattertots in 2016 to fund a specialist speech therapist for a year. 

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Twyford Defibrillator Project

In 2016 the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation supported Twyford Together's Defibrillator Project by purchasing the first defibrillator for public use in the village. The defibrillator is located in the village centre, and is available at all times. The location of all the Defibrillators are registered with the emergency services and first responders, and the public will be directed to the nearest defibrillator if appropriate. 

Prince's Foundation for Building Community

The Prince's Foundation for Building Community transforms lives through engaging, educating and empowering people. It teaches and demonstrates sustainable development placing community engagement at the heart of its work. As the Chairman of the Prince's Foundation, David Brownlow is a regular contributor and champions it's work. 

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Polehampton Junior School 

In May 2016 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation contributed £20,000 towards Polehampton Junior school's 'Buy a Brick' campaign. This has enabled the school to build a new classroom, which was opened in December 2016, and is used for one-on-one contact sessions, a quiet reading space, and to provide cooking facilities for students. 

Thames Valley Kings Wheelchair Basketball Club

The Thames Valley Kings are a wheelchair basketball club based in Berkshire, and are the county's only competitive wheelchair basketball club. They provide an opportunity for those with and without Physical disabilities within the Thames Valley area to participate in a great team sport within a fun and friendly environment. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation bought three specialised wheelchairs to enable the team to continue training and competing. The DBCF was introduced to Thames Valley Kings by Berkshire Community Foundation. 

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Ballater Outreach Programme

Devastated by floods in December 2015 after the River Dee burst its banks, the DBCF gave £35,000 in early 2016 to the Ballater Outreach Programme to help re-build the community.

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Prince's Countryside Fund Raceday 2016

Following on from last year's success, The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was delighted to return to Ascot this year to sponsor a race in aid of The Prince's Countryside Fund. The Prince's Countryside Fund focuses on securing a brighter future for the British countryside, and strives to support rural lives and keep British farming and village communities sustainable. 

Alexander Devine Children's Hospice

In early 2016 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation donated £100,000 to help fund Alexander Devine Children's Hospice. Alexander Devine will be Berkshire's first dedicated children's hospice, supporting children with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions, and their families.

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Contented Dementia Trust Barn Dance 2015 & 2016

In both 2015 and 2016 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation covered the cost of the hall hire for these fundraising barn dances. Both events helped raise hundreds of pounds each for the Contented Dementia Trust, who provide practical help and support for those diagnosed with Dementia. 

Christmas Boxes for Soldiers Appeal 2015

At Christmas 2015 the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation got behind the national ‘Christmas Boxes for Soldiers’ appeal by buying contents for 50 boxes. The items included everything from batteries, gloves, disposable cameras and socks, to sweets, biscuits and crisps. Each box was the size of a shoebox and contained about 15 items each. These boxes were dispatched by the armed services to personnel stationed abroad over Christmas.

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Camp Mohawk Christmas Party 2015

Camp Mohawk is a multi-functioning day centre for children with special needs and their families. This year The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation sponsored their Christmas Party, to allow those who are unable to use other facilities to join in the festivities. 

Be A Santa To A Senior 2015

This wonderful event was about community inclusion, and sought to reach out to the senior and more vulnerable members of the community at Christmas. The ‘Be A Santa To A Senior’ idea has been gradually growing over the past couple of years, and this year the David Brownlow Charitable Foundation stepped in to sponsor it. The event was in the form of an Afternoon Tea Party, and the DBCF not only supplied all the equipment (Chairs, tables, cutlery, crockery etc.), we also supplied all the catering.

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The event was a huge success with over 120 people attending, who were dropped off and picked up by volunteers. There was live music, a raffle, a Santa, and a visit by Theresa May. At the end of the party all the seniors were given a hamper to take away with them, and for those who were unable to attend in person, a hamper was dropped off to them at their house by a volunteer. All the hampers had been put together with donated goods and wrapped by volunteers in advance of the event.

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The Prince of Wales Hospice

The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation is a keen supporter and regular donor to The Prince of Wales Hospice in Pontefract, of which David Brownlow is a patron and visits often. David keeps in regular contact with the hospice and is pleased to support them. 

Happy Hours Pre-School

Happy Hours is a pre-school based in Twyford, Berkshire, and relies on donations to keep running. The Happy Hours team and parents did a fantastic job of fundraising through inovative events, and the DBCF's donation of £20,000 enabled them to provide a much needed outside area for play and learning. 

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Prince's Countryside Fund Raceday 2015

In March 2015 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation sponsored a race at the inaugural Prince's Countryside Fund Raceday at Ascot Racecourse. The DBCF's race was named 'The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation Maiden Hurdle Race,' and the event was a huge success raising over £300,000 for The Prince's Countryside Fund. 

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Taplow Traffic Charity Trust 

The Taplow Traffic Charity Trust supports children who have recently been bereaved by, or known a close relative seriously injured in a road collision. Every two years they provide a holiday for a child, accompanied by a surviving parent or guardian where appropriate. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was pleased to donate over £20,000 to this great charity, and The Taplow Traffic Charity Trust tweeted about the DBCF:

'A big thank you to The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation for the support it has given the charity. A fantastic charity in its own right!'

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'Hope in Vulnerability'

Winner of the BBC Peoples' Choice Award 2015

The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was delighted to sponsor the 'Hope in Vulnerability' garden at the 2015 RHS Chelsea Flower Show. This was the second time The DBCF sponsored a garden at Chelsea, having previously sponsored the winner of the People's Choice Award in 2014. 

Sentebale, the charity founded by TRHs Prince Harry and Prince Seeiso, worked in collaboration with Matt Keightley to create a garden, dedicated to its Mamohato project in Lesotho, that was showcased on the Main Avenue at the show.

'Hope in Vulnerability' aimed to raise awareness of Sentebale’s work in providing healthcare and education to Lesotho’s most vulnerable children, many of whom are victims of extreme poverty and Lesotho’s HIV/AIDs epidemic. 

The garden saw Matt draw inspiration from Sentebale’s Mamohato Children’s Centre, a new facility providing residential camps for children affected by HIV/AIDS in Lesotho.

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HRH The Prince of Wales' Foundation for Building Community advised Sentebale in the design of the Mamohato Children’s Centre using their expertise in delivering a sustainable development that allows for a marked improvement in quality of life. In this case, the lives of thousands of young people who have been stigmatised by loss of one or both parents, who live with disabilities and those trying to come to terms with living with HIV. The centre's layout reflects that of a village, and facilities includes accommodation cabins, activity rooms, various camp facilities and sporting pitches.

The design took on board the needs of the young residents, whilst reflecting the country’s rich culture and celebrating the magnificent natural surroundings. The garden gave visitors a taste of Lesotho and the bright, vibrant atmosphere of the Mamohato camp and included a rock waterscape feature, which is representative of the mountainous region in this part of South Africa.

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Embrace, Child Victims of Crime

Established over 20 years ago, Embrace Child Victims of Crime has helped brighten the lives of over 6,000 children, many of whom have suffered as a result of the most serious crimes and have often been the invisible victims behind the headlines. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was pleased to support of this wonderful charity with a donation of £10,000, and admire their pro-active approach towards tackling these issues. 

‘Into Mobility' Project

Since 2013 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation has run the 'Into Mobility' Project to improve personal mobility to those in need in Twyford and Ruscombe, Berkshire. The first candidate for this project was Beth Whitby who has Spinal Muscular Atrophy, which affects skeletal muscles. The DBCF completed the fund for a custom designed electric wheelchair tailored to Beth's individual needs.

Following on from the success of this, The DBCF is now enabling others like Beth to become more mobile by funding assessments and purchasing electric wheelchairs and scooters. Since then the DBCF has continued to support a number of  local residents by supplying electric wheelchairs and scooters. The DBCF has worked in partnership with Twyford Together and The Mobility Trust to deliver this project.

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Sentebale

In August 2014 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation supplied beds and bedding for the children at St Bernadette's School for the Blind in Lesotho. The school, supported by HRH Prince Harry's charity Sentebale, provides primary education and boarding for children with visual impairments. The School teaches the national primary curriculum in addition to development of life and social skills including orientation and mobility, personal grooming, and basic life skills. Due to high demand and lack of other similar facilities, the number of children boarding at the school had outnumbered the amount of beds. The DBCF are pleased to be able to support them in this way.

Dumfries House

Since 2008 David has been supporting the work of HRH The Prince of Wales with the restoration of Dumfries House in Ayrshire and the regeneration of the local community.

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In early 2013 David was made a Trustee of Dumfries House (The Great Steward of Scotland's Dumfries House Trust). In April 2013, David personally pledged £2 million to fund the restoration of the estate's four and a half acre walled garden. The garden has been named The Queen Elizabeth Garden and was officially opened in July 2014 by HM The Queen, accompanied by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh, HRH The Prince of Wales and HRH The Duchess of Cornwall.

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National Osteoporosis Society

David is a Patron of the National Osteoporosis Society and makes regular donations to them, most recently in 2016. The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was delighted to have co-sponsored the gala dinner at the 2014 LAPADA Arts and Crafts fair in aid of The National Osteoporosis Society. The dinner, held in Berkeley Square, helped raise over £350,000 for the National Osteoporosis Society, enabling them to continue their essential work supporting those with Osteoporosis.  

Waltham St Lawrence School Playing Field Trust 

In 2014 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation donated £5,000 to The Waltham St Lawrence School Playing Field Trust. This enabled them to repair the entrance to the playing field, providing access for school children and the local community. The photo opposite shows the completed works.   

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Twyfest 2014

The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was delighted to donate £40,000 to Twyford's fantastic fund-raising festival, Twyfest. Twyfest saw the local community come together at events such as Twyford's Got Talent, a very funny stand up comedy night and a brilliant performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream. With the support of The DBCF's donation, the ten-day long event was able to raise a lot of money for various local charities including Age Concern Twyford, Daisy's Dream and Camp Mohawk. 

 

 

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‘Hope on the Horizon'

Winner of the BBC People's Choice Award 2014

The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation was pleased to sponsor the ‘Hope on the Horizon' show garden in aid of Help For Heroes at RHS Chelsea Flower Show 2014. This show garden, designed by Matthew Keightley of Maidenhead-based Rosebank, was inspired by the Help for Heroes ethos ‘inspire, enable, support.'

Hope on the Horizon represented the complex and progressive path towards recovery experienced by wounded, injured and sick personnel, veterans and their families.

Granite blocks represented the soldiers' physical being and the planting represented their mental being. Both evolved through the garden from a rough, unfinished, over-grown beginning through to a perfectly sawn, structured end.

An avenue of hornbeams drew attention through the entire garden to a sculpture resembling a hopeful horizon; a reminder to the soldiers that they all have a bright future ahead. As well as areas to recline and reflect, the garden offered focal points all the way through.

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Cool, calming colours were used throughout, helping to emphasise the fact that it was a serene, contemplative space. The planting progressed from white through to blues and purples, using such plants as Acanthus mollis, Agapanthus 'Peter Pan', Digitalis purpurea, Geranium 'Johnson's Blue', Helleborus argutifolius, Lupinus 'Gallery Blue', and Tulipa 'Double Maureen'. Structural specimens, such as Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata' and Buxus sempervirens, represented the soldiers' regimented nature.

After the Show, the garden was moved and set within the grounds at Help for Heroes Chavasse VC House in Colchester, Essex. Opened in September 2014, the garden offers a serene, peaceful haven to contemplate and inspire a bright future and to support the challenging journey to recovery.

Matthew Keightley (29) began his landscape design career at the age of 17. His international experience includes garden consultations and designs in Paris and Cairo, as well as Perth, Australia. From the modern, urban spaces of Chelsea and Kensington in London, to the expansive, traditional and Kent countryside and Henley-on-Thames riverbanks. This was his first RHS Chelsea Flower Show garden.

The concept was inspired as a result of Matthew's brother's involvement with the armed forces, having served on four tours to Afghanistan and due for his fifth next year. This, paired with his admiration for the work Help for Heroes do, was the starting point for his design work. 

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Dyslexia Teaching Centre

In 2014 The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation donated over £30,000 to the Dyslexia Teaching Centre. The Foundation is a keen supporter of the DTC , and is inspired by the fantastic and vital work it does.

The DTC is a registered charity and is a busy teaching and assessment centre in the heart of London . It provides highly qualified, specialist support for children and adults of all ages, enabling individuals to acquire the skills needed for success in education, the workplace and everyday life. The centre also provides bursaries for those who need help but are unable to fund assessment or tuition themselves.

Other Activities

The David Brownlow Charitable Foundation supports a number of charitable activities through sponsorships and grants. These include supporting a talented young dancer through dance school, helping to rebuild a Church wall, and sponsoring a fete BBQ to allow the proceeds to go to charity. Please contact us if you believe we may be able to help.