The Eight Foundation is a grant-making charitable foundation that formally launched in July 2017 with a mission to support small local charities that need donations in order to provide services within their local community. The Foundation will be looking to award funds for charitable purposes in Hampshire and the surrounding counties to a wide range of charities and/or individuals who would substantially benefit from funding in the areas of health, education, and poverty. Our very first grant was awarded to the incredibly inspiring Bethany Tiller. Sadly, Beth, at the age of 16, was living with terminal cancer. The grant allowed the family to spend precious time together at a dream forest lodge, giving her and her family memories that will forever be in their hearts. We could not have thought of a more deserving family for our first grant and are pleased that the experience was enjoyed so much and created those all-important memories.

The Eight Foundation is incredibly close to my heart. Helping at foundation events, completing crazy challenges, and doing what I can to raise funds has always been a great pleasure. Being given the opportunity to be a trustee is genuinely heartwarming.

I can’t wait to get stuck into helping grow the Foundation and build on the fundraising challenge. Allowing us to help change lives in health, poverty, and education. I am open to ideas for the foundations’ next challenge.

I also recently had his first trustee meeting, where we signed off six grants, and for one of those, I personally made the phone call to let them know we would be helping. This meant so much to me, and it was such a fantastic feeling to have the power to change someone’s life. It made me quite emotional!

Over the past five years, Eight Foundation has given away over £420,000 to 123 charities.

This year, we have launched our Christmas giving month throughout December, which supports people experiencing homelessness, women’s refuge, the elderly and those affected by poverty. This includes our Eight Foundation giving tree, which supports food banks and provides festive hampers to those families less fortunate. We will be surprising five people at our local supermarket, where we will be paying for their Christmas shopping.