Five local good causes have received awards totalling £1,800 to support their work, after the latest round of donations from Foster’s Fund, a scheme set up by Torbay’s MP Kevin Foster.
Foster’s Fund is based on a pledge made by Torbay’s MP when he was first elected to parliament in 2015. He pledged to not only oppose the 10% pay rise proposed for MPs at the time, but to reject it via donations to local charities if IPSA implemented it despite his objections. Kevin renewed this pledge at the last General Election in December 2019 and has promised to continue Foster’s Fund until at least May 2024. Since 2009 MPs have not voted on their own pay, with Kevin pledging to add this year’s 2.7% rise (Determined by IPSA, the independent body who decides MPs’ pay) to the amount donated each month following given his opposition to it.
The latest round of awards saw the following donations made: The Wallace Avenue Coffee Morning Group (£200), Punk Against Poverty (£300), Torquay Library (£300), Rising Moments (£500) and Rosehill Path Community Group (£500). These awards will support projects including a new TV for a community group, repairing a path near Warberry Copse and promoting reading in the local community.
Kevin said: “These projects will make a real difference to local people, so I am delighted to be able to support them from my Foster’s Fund. As we emerge from the pandemic these projects are aimed at supporting people who may have been isolated or are facing pressure as the cost of living rises.”
Details about Foster’s Fund, along with details of how to apply, can be found by visiting www.kevinjfoster.com/fosters-fund or by telephoning 01803 214 989. By law any award from Foster’s fund must be paid into the bank account of a registered charity. To be eligible for Foster’s Fund the project being funded must be based, or aiming to do most of its work, in Kevin’s Constituency.
For more information please contact Kevin Foster on 01803 214 989