Care home offers charity grants to help combat loneliness in city

Milford House care home in Salisbury is offering three grants worth a total of £30,000 to deserving local charities.
The grants are offered in the name of a former Barchester resident, Jeanette Gill, who generously donated part of her legacy to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.

The Foundation is calling for deserving local charities and community groups to apply for these special awards.
Dr Pete Calveley, CEO of Barchester Healthcare and chairman of the foundation, said: “We were extremely touched that one of our residents donated so generously to Barchester’s Charitable Foundation.
“We thought it would be fitting to create these flagship grants in her honour and memory as a tribute to the lives she is helping.
“The charity does so much for local communities throughout the country to tackle and reduce loneliness for many people, and these grants will make a big difference to those in need.”
Named in her memory, the Jeanette Gill Special Awards are open to groups and individuals in need, in the local community, and will be awarded to projects that enrich lives and encourage an active lifestyle through arts, music, sports and culture.

These projects need to be for older people or adults with a disability, or those that may have challenges with mental health to qualify.
This year will mark the last round of grants from Jeanette Gill’s legacy.
There are three awards available:
● £15,000 GOLD AWARD (open to groups)
● £10,000 SILVER AWARD (open to groups)
● £5,000 BRONZE AWARD (open to individuals)
Barchester’s Charitable Foundation supports older people as well as working age adults with a learning or physical disability or mental health issue by giving grants to help improve mobility and quality of life.
The Foundation is particularly interested in innovative initiatives that tackle isolation and loneliness, and which bring sustained outcomes and positive changes for the people benefiting.
To find out more about how to apply for a Jeanette Gill Award, visit:

The closing date for applications is 26 March 2023.
For more information on Barchester’s Charitable Foundation contact the Grants Management Team on 0800 328 3328 or email

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