The Designs for Humanity Fund was established in 2019 by our Ambassador and internationally recognised local artist Stuart Semple to support families and individuals in need of support in our local communities.
The idea behind the fund is that art and designs can be life changing in many ways including through raising donations for charitable purposes, which support fellow humans!Last year the funding supported over 1,000 local individuals experiencing financial deprivation or crisis, living in Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch and Wimborne by providing Christmas hampers. All hampers also included a toy store voucher – so that children may receive a Christmas gift. Some particularly vulnerable families also received a voucher for fuel costs, to make sure they can keep their family warm over the Christmas period.
Here is some of the amazing feedback we have received from the people supported in the first year:
‘Families, adults and children were able to have a ‘normal’ Christmas day. Without this grant they would have eaten tinned food only and no extras. So good for mental wellbeing and gives hope to these families.’ Foodbank Volunteer
‘I came in this morning for the first time and I just wanted to say I am so grateful for everything you’ve given me and especially for the luxury Christmas bag. It was a massive surprise and a massive help as I don’t think I’ll be able to have Christmas without it, so I am truly grateful.’ Foodbank Beneficiary
‘We have been supporting a mum and her three children who were re-housed before Christmas for their safety, due to domestic violence. We furnished the property and were also supporting with food as the first Universal Credit payment was not due until mid-January. Thanks to the grant we were able to put money on their fuel meter, give her a toy voucher, so she could get her children gifts, we gave her a tree and decorations and then delivered her a whole fresh turkey and all the trimmings, goodies and gifts on Christmas Eve.’ Foodbank Volunteer
Proceeds for the fund are raised through the awesome Christmas arts and craft hampers available through the Culture Hustle website.
Currently, applications to this fund are by solicitation only.