Launch of David Tyson Memorial Fund

20th March 2017

David Tyson (1948 – 2015) was a highly respected Permanent Way Engineer and was considered one of the best in the business, influencing major railway projects and inspiring many. The David Tyson Memorial Fund has been established in his memory and will provide financial support to enable young people to develop their skills and pursue a career within the engineering/ rail engineering field.

The Fund will support budding young rail engineers with grants that will cover the following costs:


  • Course fees;
  • Accreditation;
  • Resources such as books or additional computer software;
  • Travel to courses and training sites;
  • Equipment, materials or tools to enable young people to take up training; and
  • Work-based training costs.

The process for young individuals to make applications to The David Tyson Memorial Fund is currently being co-ordinated, with further details to follow in due course.

More about David’s inspiring life and career can be read about on the Fund page. If you would like to contribute to David’s legacy then please see the Fund’s BTMyDonate page. BTMyDonate is a simple and secure online giving platform that allows you to make an immediate online payment.

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22nd September 2016

Launch of Gatwick Foundation Fund

Gatwick Airport has teamed up with Community Foundations in Kent, Surrey and Sussex to launch the Gatwick Foundation Fund which will oversee £300,000 worth of annual grants for worthy causes across the region. The donations will be divided equally between the Community Foundations in Surrey, Kent and Sussex to make awards to non-profit organisations including charities, social enterprises, community groups and voluntary organisations which play an important role in the local community.

The funding will be used to promote employment, training and skills, alongside support for families, the elderly and young people at a local level across the three counties.

As the world’s busiest single runway airport, Gatwick plays a key role in the South East. The Gatwick Foundation Fund is designed to support important causes across the region. Grants may be used to fund existing services and facilities or new initiatives.

The funding will also be supported by opportunities for Gatwick employees to be closely associated with projects and causes supported by the Gatwick Foundation Fund, whether that’s volunteering their time or skills. To support voluntary work in the community, Gatwick provides staff with the opportunity to take paid for volunteering days and support issues close to their heart.

Grants awarded may include, but will not be exclusive to, the following areas:

  • Employment, training and skills – helping people to gain confidence and raise aspirations through training and development of new skills
  • Families – supporting families and children in need and projects which combat social isolation and disadvantage
  • Widening horizons/providing opportunities – supporting projects that enable young people to have opportunities that they would not otherwise have and to help them to widen their horizons and aspirations
  • Elderly people – improving access to facilities and reducing isolation for the older generation.

To apply in Surrey please see our grants page.

Gatwick Airport CEO, Stewart Wingate said:

Gatwick is proud to be partnering with the Community Foundations for Sussex, Surrey and Kent to launch the Gatwick Foundation Fund in support of important community and voluntary projects across the region.

Each organisation has detailed knowledge and understanding of the community needs across their respective counties and this invaluable experience will help to ensure grants are focused where they can make the most difference.

Community Foundation for Surrey Executive Director Wendy Varcoe said:

We are delighted to be working with Gatwick to support local grassroots community groups. This is an exciting new fund that will provide support at the very local level to help improve the quality of life in our local communities.

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