Four local charities received a Christmas bonus totaling £1,500 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 recent General Election and has promised to continue Foster’s Fund until at least May 2024. Since 2009 MPs have not voted on their own pay.
The latest round of awards saw PATH (£500), RE4orm (£500), Torquay Community Larder (£300) and Babbacombe in Bloom (£200) receive support for projects including relocating to a new permanent base, creating a kitchen on a mobile community hub and efforts by volunteers to plant more flowers in their community.
Kevin said: “Over the last four years over £20,000 has been made available via Foster’s Fund to support local charities. I was pleased to renew this pledge at the recent General Election and to support these four groups who are working to make a difference in our bay.”
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. To be eligible for Foster’s Fund the projects must be based, or aiming to do most of their work, in Kevin’s Constituency. By law the award must be paid into the bank account of a registered charity.
- Fosters Fund Christmas 2019:
The following donations were made on Saturday 21st December 2019:
- Torquay Community Larder
- Babbacombe In Bloom
“Foster’s Fund” is an account held by the CAF with donations equivalent to the 10% MPs pay rise being deducted from Kevin’s salary each month. By law funds in the account can only be released to a registered charity and are not owned by Kevin.