The Joy and Lance Collier Fund was set up by their daughters, Bridie, Anne and Janet, as a unique and lasting tribute to the life of their parents. Joy and Lance lived in Bournemouth virtually all their lives. Joy was a teacher, working with children who were finding it difficult to read and write. Lance left school at age 14, worked his way up and, with the help of a local benefactor, eventually bought a newsagents shop in Tuckton (Collier’s Corner).
Besides raising their family, they were very interested in local issues and enjoyed walks in the Dorset countryside and watching village cricket on Sunday afternoons.
The Joy & Lance Collier Fund focuses on Bournemouth, Poole, Christchurch, Purbeck and East Dorset, and supports the following types of projects:
- Education and raising aspirations in young people
- Disabilities with a priority for supporting people who are visually impaired or hard of hearing
- Villages and rural communities
These were the areas that were particularly close to their hearts.
Grants of £500 to £2,000 will be distributed annually to local projects and the daughters will play an active part in deciding who receives support.
We are so pleased that we discovered the Dorset Community Foundation. This gives us the opportunity to put Mum’s money, and money left to us by Dad (who had died 10 years earlier), to good use, and will be a lasting memorial to both of them.
Daughters Bridie Collier, Anne Burge and Janet Hart