The Gloucestershire Gateway Trust - the charity partner behind the multiple award-winning M5 Gloucester Services - celebrated its 10th birthday by handing over the first of many major grants to local community groups.
Part of the unique business and charity partnership means the Trust will be able to plough an estimated £10m share of the Services’ turnover over the next 20 years into local community initiatives.
The first £60,000 has just been handed over - £10,000 each to the Trust’s six core community partners: the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust, The Nelson Trust, GL Communities, Play Gloucestershire, All Pulling Together in Stonehouse and Fair Shares Time Banking.
Each of these six partners will get a total of £100,000 from the Trust over the next five years, making their work supporting local people and the environment more sustainable.
To find out if your community group or charity could benefit, visit the Trust's website:
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust
Gloucestershire Gateway Trust (GGT) is a unique charity working to create charitable benefit in the county by supporting regeneration and creating new long term income sources for some of their local community partners.
The £40 million project, in partnership with Westmorland Limited, has built a motorway service area between Junctions 11a and 12 of the M5, to generate income to support nearby target communities. The project also has charity partners in Gloucester and Stonehouse. During the build, many jobs were created to support it, and now the build is over, the project will create as many permanent job opportunities as possible for these areas.
The Summerfield Trust supported the initiative at it's inception back in 2007 and again in 2016 to help develop the community initiatives provided by the Service Stations. GGT Chief Executive Mark Gale explains, "This project would never have even started within out the visionary support of the Summerfield Trust. At the beginning of the development process in 2007, when our six trustees had only a vision, an identified opportunity, but not a penny in the bank, the Summerfield Trust secured and held the project site in trust to give the communities time to develop their proposals and find the right commercial partner to work with. Their support has made possible every benefit that flows now and in the future".
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