This week sees BLCF celebrate their 20th Anniversary as a charity in Bedfordshire. Set up by Geoffrey Farr MBE, DL, together with the Bishop of Bedford and the then Lord Lieutenant, Sir Sam Whitbread the Community Foundation’s original purpose was to help smaller charitable organisations to secure much needed funding, to help serve their local neighbourhoods. 

In a statement from the current Chair of Trustees, Viviane Vayssieres said:

“20 Years ago this May, BLCF was accredited as a public charity. Born from three men’s vision to alleviate poverty and sustain local charities, while primarily facilitating and pooling donations channelled to address community needs and support local non-profits.

Indeed, during the last two decades BLCF has delivered grantspractical support and vital training to numerous charities, as well as gathering intelligence to assess essentials needs within the diverse county of Bedfordshire.

During the next seven months we shall look at BLCF’s journey across the last twenty years,  with contributions from donors, patrons, grantees, volunteers, staff and trustees. We shall celebrate this milestone in our history, by bringing together the people who have worked tirelessly to help the Foundation grow and develop into the great organisation it is today

Read the full Press Release on our anniversary page.