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Cooper Associates Foundation launched

Cooper Associates has announced the launch of its charitable foundation, the Cooper Associates Foundation, which exists to support organisations within the Taunton region.

The company is well known for being the ground naming rights partner of Somerset County Cricket Club, who play at the Cooper Associates County Ground. Tom Abell, captain of Somerset CCC, is a trustee of the Cooper Associates Foundation.

Ros Kirk, Head of People Strategy & Development at Cooper Associates Group, explained details of the newly formed foundation.

“The Cooper Associates Foundation is the philanthropic arm of the Cooper Associates Group, acting to support charities through clients and partners associated with the Cooper Associates community. Our giving is guided by themes, with the main focus on children and young people who have special needs through illness or disability, or who are disadvantaged in other ways. We will also look to support other good causes within the Taunton area.

Our Foundation is keen to support small to medium sized charities that can benefit substantially from the fundraising we can donate. We will only consider national charities where they can clearly demonstrate any funds we donate will be spent within the Taunton region. Importantly, all of our Foundation’s administration costs are covered, so everything raised goes straight to the charities we support.

Funds will be raised in a number of ways. Initially we will rely on our colleagues at Cooper Associates, who are keen to support our charitable Foundation in any way they can. This will include donating from their earnings and organising a variety of fundraising events. We are also hoping someone will follow in the footsteps of Owen Irish, one of our mortgage advisers, and take on an amazing challenge. Owen ran three marathons in three days last year, raising over £5,000 in the process – a fantastic amount of money for an astounding achievement. In addition to this, we will be hosting our first charity ball later in the year.”

We would encourage local charities who are looking for support to contact us at foundation@cooperassociatesltd.com where we can provide details about our current themes and funding criteria.

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