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By adrians, Mar 25 2019 11:55AM

Len Pick Trust Vice-Chairman Kevin Day together with fellow trustee, Kay Henderson, were delighted to meet Nicola Brister, lead counsellor of the new 'Don’t Lose Hope Charity ' last week at the former Nat West Bank premises in Bourne to hand over a cheque for £10,000.00 to this new charity. Work has commenced on altering the premises which will be the charity's headquarters once refurbishment is completed The Charity will offer a professional counselling service for all members of the community from age 4 upwards. This will be a free service for families/individuals receiving certain state benefits and affordable to all others. This service will be delivered by a team of qualified and experienced counsellors in private fully equipped counselling rooms.


Don’t Lose Hope will also provide a community cafe which will offer access to support groups, workshops, and advice. The café will be open every day and run by volunteers and trained professionals. This will be a space where anyone will be able to drop in and find someone to talk to, get involved in activities, make friends or just have a slice of cake and a cup of tea.


Kevin said, “This is really an inspirational and exciting volunteer led project which we are sure will bring significant benefits to the local community and we are delighted to offer our support”. Receiving the cheque Nicola Brister said, “We are truly grateful for the very generous support of the Trust at this formative stage of our journey - Thank you Len Pick!


By adrians, Mar 12 2019 10:25AM

As part of our continuing programme of increasing publicly accessible AED (Defibrillator) provision in our community, Trust Chair Gerry Burrows was pleased to hand over a new machine for the benefit of the community of Dyke. The machine will be housed in the redundant village telephone box and will be maintained by the Dyke Village Hall Committee. Pictured is Gerry Burrows with fellow trustee, David Bower handing over the machine to Dr Brian Parkinson, chair of Dyke Village Hall Committee and local resident Cathy Carter who has been instrumental in obtaining the use of the telephone box.

Gerry Burrows when handing the machine over said “We know just how important these machines are and whilst we hope it never has to be used I am sure that our founder would regard its provision as a suitable use of his legacy”


By adrians, Feb 3 2019 12:22PM

Once again, Bourne Corn Exchange was filled with a capacity audience for the annual Len Pick Memorial Evening. The speaker this year was Gervase Phinn, educationalist and author who entranced the audience with his hilarious tales of his career in in the Yorkshire Dales as a School’s Inspector.


The evening celebrates the legacy of our founder and benefactor, Mr Len Pick, on the anniversary of his passing in 2004. Present Chairman Gerry Burrows was particularly pleased to be able to announce that since inception the Trust has now donated over £1,000,000.00 to charitable and voluntary causes and activities benefitting the town of Bourne. Put another way, that is £1,000,000.00 in funding that our town would not have received without the legacy that Len Pick left to the Trust which bears his name.


In closing his remarks, Gerry announced that he was pleased to make a start on the second million of donations and asked volunteers from Lives Group who were providing first aid cover for the evening in the Hall to step forward and accept a cheque for £6,800 to cover the cost of ongoing training and re-accreditation of the Bourne volunteer first responders together with the supply of equipment for 2019. Lives volunteers are part of Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Service and provide Local volunteer response throughout the County.


We are again indebted to Roadphone NRB and Matt Bostock for their provision of audio-visual services at the event also Jamie & Sue Lawrance for providing the evocative video of the 100 year anniversary commemoration of the end of the First World War. We also would like to thank the Bourne Corn Exchange Staff and last, but not least, the volunteers who help make the event possible.




By adrians, Feb 3 2019 12:15PM

Trust Chairman Gerry Burrows was very pleased to announce at the Memorial Eveningcthat since inception, the trust has been able to provide grants amounting to one million pounds to voluntary organisations and charities, in our area of benefit.


The slides below demonstrate the breakdown of the amounts paid under the various grant category headings,


We are now starting on the second million!!



























By adrians, Feb 3 2019 10:37AM

Community groups using Bourne Methodist Church Hall are benefitting from the provision of replacement windows thanks to an £11,000 grant from the Len Pick Trust.

Our Chairman, Gerry Burrows, was delighted recently to attend at the regular Saturday Coffee Morning to formally handover our cheque and inspect the completed works. A cheque of £11, 918 was handed over by the trust to the property committee of the church to pay for the much-needed improvements. David Windsor, property committee member said: “We are very thankful that the Len Pick Trust has granted us the money to enable the completely renewal of all the old windows and guttering. The building is now so much warmer and welcoming".