Sovereign Health Care trust gives a healthy boost to Bradford wellbeing charities

Abi Wheeler, manager at the Throstle Nest Riding school Fagley Lane, Bradford

Abi Wheeler, manager at the Throstle Nest Riding school Fagley Lane, Bradford

First published in News Bradford Telegraph and Argus: Photograph of the Author by , T&A Reporter

The charitable trust of Bradford-based cash plan provider Sovereign Health Care has donated £54,000 to various good causes.

The money is the second of six rounds of donations it will make this year, totalling more than £500,000.

A total of 25 donations have been handed over by Sovereign Health Care, based in Manningham Lane, Bradford, to a variety of charities across the district.

The latest round of donations includes giving Different Strokes, a registered charity working with stroke sufferers aged under 65, an injection of £3,000. This will offer a year’s support to 50 younger stroke survivors in Yorkshire and follows a donation of £2,500 last year from the trust.

Sovereign Health Care does not have shareholders and any surplus cash it makes is reinvested into the business or given by Gift Aid to the charitable trust. The trust has donated more than £4 million to good causes in the last seven years.

The trust supports organisations improving the health and wellbeing of people in Bradford and the surrounding area or national health-related charities benefitting people in the district.

Another good cause to benefit from Sovereign’s most recent donations is Bradford’s Throstle Nest Riding For The Disabled Group, whose members made headlines earlier this year when they took part in a horseback ride to City Hall.

The journey was part of a protest at a proposed housing scheme, which it is feared will spell the end for Throstle Nest Riding School, in the city’s Fagley district, where the group is based.

The Sovereign charitable trust cash will allow the group to run sessions during the school holidays.

Other city charities to benefit from Sovereign’s charitable trust latest round of donations include Life Education Bradford, which provides health and drug information programmes to children, mainly of primary school age; and SHINE, an organisation working out of St Stephen’s Church, West Bowling, Bradford, whose goal is creating a vibrant community in one of the UK’s most deprived areas and which helps more than 200 people a week.

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