The Haslemere Challice Community Fund is a fund specifically for the benefit of residents of Haslemere and the surrounding villages. The fund was established in partnership with the Challice Trust, originally established from a bequest made to the Haslemere community by Mrs Ruth Challice Bush in 1962. By working together we offer a fund that enables and encourages local giving so that we can develop a greater capacity to respond to local needs.
Since establishing the Fund has built an endowment of over £1million to support Haslemere and its residents. We have awarded over £363,000 in grants to a wide range of local charities and community organisations.
Why support the Haslemere Challice Community Fund?
As a town our needs are very specific, and local people are often faced with reduced access to facilities and funding. Our dedicated panel of local residents award grants to:
- Help older or disadvantaged residents combat isolation and stay happy, healthy and included
- Increase facilities, training, skills and experience for young people
- Support local activities, services and community focal points
- Fund projects that improve and preserve the village heritage, culture and environment
Examples of funded projects:
Three Counties Money Advice service – £2,000
To support individuals and families at a time of economic crisis. 3 Counties Money Advice (3CMA) operates out of Haslemere Community Centre and offers FREE debt and benefit advice to anyone who calls in or makes an appointment. They have 70+ families from Haslemere and district who they support or advise.
Haslemere Festival Jubilee Event – £2,000
Funding to support the Jubilee Bonfire, Fireworks and Tea over the Jubilee weekend in 2022.
Cancer Testing South – £2,000
Free events at the Haslemere Comrades centre offering testing for men between 40 and 80 years of age for prostate cancer.