Successful first year for High Sheriff fund

Outgoing High Sheriff Miles Wiliamson-Noble hands over to incoming High Sheriff Andrew Brown. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150904-160201001
Outgoing High Sheriff Miles Wiliamson-Noble hands over to incoming High Sheriff Andrew Brown. Photo: Alan Walters EMN-150904-160201001
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A fund set up by the former High Sheriff of Rutland to help charitable organisations that support both the young and old in Rutland has donated a generous £11,000 in its first successful year.

Miles Williamson-Noble who recently handed over his role as High Sheriff to Andrew Brown, has been praised for his success in launching the High Sheriff of Rutland’s Fund that has helped benefit small voluntary organisations and charities operating in Rutland.

When handing over to his successor on April 9, Mr Williamson-Noble said: “I am delighted that the High Sheriff’s Fund has had such a successful first year’s operation. It has been fascinating and humbling.”

The fund, managed on the High Sheriff’s behalf by the Leicestershire and Rutland Community Foundation, has helped to support both young people in Rutland and the elderly suffering from isolation and poverty.

One of his successes includes the winter fuel campaign which the Air Commodore launched alongside the Mercury back in October, urging readers to donate their winter fuel payments to those in need.

Some £4,500 was raised to help the elderly with their winter fuel payments, which was distributed to those in need via Age UK, Charity Link and the Rutland County Council Change Agents.

A number of grants were also awarded to charities that help to support young people, beneficiaries included The Army Cadet Force, Rutland Music, Rutland Conquerors, Out of Hours Club and Rutland Health and Leisure.

Mr Williamson-Noble said: “I would like to thank everyone who has donated and made these life enhancing grants possible. I’m delighted by people’s generosity, and that it has been possible to direct grants exclusively within Rutland.”

The fund will start the new year with £4,000 invested for future income, and a further £1,000 available to anyone applying for assistance for the young or the elderly.

In his opening address, the incoming High Sheriff, Andrew Brown announced that he planned to continue the fund, and in particular would again be mounting a winter fuel appeal in the Autumn.