News Release

P&G and The Community Foundation announce £1 million donation milestone to local charities



Tuesday, June 5, 2018 12:16 pm BST



Photo left to right: Andy Sherwood, Cara Bowman - P&G Cobalt Park, Newcastle and Lindsay Bewick - P&G's Newcastle Innovation  Centre

Procter & Gamble (P&G) and the Community Foundation, are proud to announce a donation milestone which has seen support from the P&G Fund to charities in the Tyne & Wear and Northumberland region reach £1 million. To celebrate, the P&G Fund is encouraging charitable organisations to apply for a special award of £20,000.

The P&G Fund was established at the Community Foundation in 1995 and is designed to provide ongoing support for local initiatives. The Fund has now reached a £1million milestone in grants to over 500 local community groups and charities in Tyne & Wear and Northumberland.

One of several beneficiaries, St Oswalds Hospice, provide specialist hospice care to North East adults, young people and children with life-limiting conditions. The charity recently received £3,700 from the P&G Fund at the Community Foundation to help finance height adjustable changing beds for patients with neurological conditions.

P&G has a long-standing relationship with the North-East community, as a major employer in the area, with more than 80 years of community work. Following the acquisition of Thomas Hedley & Co Ltd. in 1930, marking the first UK seat of major expansion outside of P&G’s US operations, Newcastle and the surrounding area has long been a region close to the company’s heart.

To mark its £1m grant milestone the P&G Fund at the Community Foundation will make available a grant of £20,000 for a project that sits within its ‘Everyday Health and Confidence’ criteria and focusses on addressing mental health and wellbeing.

For the full guidelines and to submit your expression of interest visit, please visit the Community Foundation website.  Applications will be open until 9am Monday 11th June 2018.

Commenting on the milestone announcement, Community Matters Champion at P&G’s Cobalt office, Andy Sherwood, said:Since we launched the partnership and programme with The Community Foundation in 1995, we have been supporting projects and charities which align with P&G’s mission to be a force for good, and a force for growth. As a local employer right here in Tyne & Wear, we want to help tackle and solve the issues most important to our employees and their communities, working in partnership with local charities and good causes, so hitting this £1 million donation milestone is extremely important to us.”

Su Legg, Senior Philanthropy Advisor at the Community Foundation Added, We hugely value our relationship with P&G and are delighted that the P&G Fund at the Community Foundation has reached a £1million grant-making milestone. Since 1995, the Fund has supported over 500 different causes and supported thousands of people to take part in activities that address healthy living, improve wellness, and reduce social isolation. This is a fantastic story of corporate social responsibility and the importance of business giving back to the community in which it operates.”


For more information contact:
Olivia Hughes:  |  +44 (0)7867 143872

About Procter & Gamble

P&G serves consumers around the world with one of the strongest portfolios of trusted, quality, leadership brands, including Always®, Ambi Pur®, Ariel®, Fairy®, Febreze®, Gillette®, Head & Shoulders®, Lenor®, Olay®, Oral-B®, Pampers®, Pantene® and SK-II®. The P&G community includes operations in approximately 70 countries worldwide. Please visit for the latest news and information about P&G and its brands in the UK and Ireland.

About the Community Foundation

The Community Foundation Tyne & Wear and Northumberland acts as a hub for individuals, families, businesses, and other charities that want to give to communities, by matching their interests with those seeking funding.

It provides help for children and older people, people affected by disadvantage and ill-health and those seeking education and work, as well as providing grants to support the arts, the environment, community activities and amateur sport.

The Newcastle-based charity, the UK’s biggest Community Foundation, has built an endowment of over £80 million from donations to the various funds it holds.

For further information please contact Iain Riddell, Communications and Engagement Officer on 0191 222 0945, or email  

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