We are proud and delighted to announce that after almost 9 years of nurturing and development, we can see one of our projects, Love Kingston (LK), become an independent organisation, now named Kingston Charitable Foundation.

In 2012, Kingston Voluntary Action (KVA) worked with the London Community Foundation on setting up Kingston’s first ever place giving scheme, whilst at the same time building an endowment fund for the future. This was the beginning of Love Kingston which over the years has raised and distributed over £116,000 to 53 local organisations and grown an endowment fund worth £126,600. Since its inception, the project has supported a plethora of local causes from homelessness, disabilities, refugees and young carers, to loneliness, gender inequality and art initiatives.

We want to say a huge thank you in the name of all the beneficiaries to everyone who supported Love Kingston and donated towards local causes over the last 8 years; to all the staff and volunteers, past and current who contributed to building LK into a well-recognised Kingston project. We also want to say good luck to Kingston Charitable Foundation and all the determined enthusiasts behind it on their exciting and ambitious route to raising more funds and addressing the most acute needs in the Borough.

Finally, LK would not have been possible without its funders: The National Lottery (now The National Lottery Community Fund), City Bridge Trust and the Royal Borough of Kingston. We are grateful for their trust and support.

Kingston Charitable Foundation is added to a list of independent voluntary organisations first developed or guided by KVA now providing much needed services within the Royal Borough of Kingston.

Nigel Newby Chair KVA