Lincolnshire food producer Freshtime UK has launched a new funding initiative that aims to boost the achievements of young people in the county.
Having championed a charity of the year for the last two years, Freshtime Managing Director, Mark Newton, is keen to increase the company’s commitment to young people.
The Freshtime Futures Trust will help Lincolnshire-based young people aged 11 to 25 who are facing hardship or living in poverty to fulfil their dreams through sponsorship.
Mr Newtwon said: “Our support of the Ally Cadence Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy and most recently Callum Pite’s Smile Charity has given us a greater insight into the needs of charities and we’ve really enjoyed supporting them through our charity of the year scheme.
“But now we’d like to focus more on the younger members of our local community and offer them the financial support they need to make a profound difference to their lives.
“Funding is now available to help young people access specialist training or apprenticeship schemes or to support additional academic pursuits.”
Chris Luck, the former Air Commandant from RAF College Cranwell; Peter McDermott, Managing Director of Food Network Ltd; Graham Shooter, Director of A.E. Lenton Group and Chief Constable Neil Rhodes of Lincolnshire Police, will join Freshtime’s Head of Procurement John Stokes, Chairman Mark Swanwick and Mark Newton as trustees.
“We’re pleased to have such a strong team in place to lead the trust and ensure it meets the needs of young people in the Lincolnshire area,” added Mark. “I’m looking forward to hearing from people with a passion who need our help to fulfil their potential.”
Anyone interesting in applying for funding should visit the dedicated trust website www.freshtimefuturestrust.org