Cornelius launches charitable trust
Cornelius has launched a new charitable trust to support educational projects in communities where it operates around the world.
The Board of Cornelius has launched the trust with an initial donation of £25,000 and a new Board of Trustees, made up of company employees, has been established to manage and grow the fund into the future. The new Cornelius Trust will focus on four initiatives through a range of fundraising events and activities.
In the UK, each year, the trust will sponsor a student from the sixth form at Birchwood High School, in Bishop’s Stortford, to study a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) subject at university. The initiative is aimed at supporting students from under-privileged backgrounds and those who would not otherwise be able to attend university.
Dr. Chris Ingate, principal of Birchwood High School, said: “The new partnership with Cornelius is extremely valuable and beneficial to our school and students. We are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to work closely with such a successful, international company like Cornelius.”
Internationally, the trust is investigating how it can work with local schools in Warsaw, Poland, where Cornelius has established itself as a major distribution business. In Madagascar, where Cornelius sources some of its vanilla products, and India, where the company sources its psyllium fibre, it is looking at funding a variety of educational community projects which support vanilla and psyllium growers and their families.
Dr. Neville Prior, Cornelius chairman, said: "In contrast to previous charity work that the company has engaged in, the intention of the new trust is to focus on one charity, project or community in a location of relevance to Cornelius and build a long-standing, high value relationship with them, in order to maximise the impact of the trust’s efforts.
“As a well-established company, operating for more than 80 years, it’s important for Cornelius that we are able to give something back to the people and communities that we do business with, enabling them to prosper and develop even further.”
The Cornelius Trust has already held its first fundraising event. A football match took place at Bishop’s Stortford Football Club between Cornelius and Weston Homes, a property development company operating in London and the south-east. The £1,000 raised at the event was split between the newly founded trust and St Clare Hospice, the nominated local charity of Weston Homes.
Players and spectators had the chance to see and have their photograph taken with the Barclays Premier League Trophy which was on display at the stadium.
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