Foundation celebrates 10th anniversary
2022 officially marks the 10th anniversary of the Sir Simon Milton Foundation, which was set up following the untimely death of Simon Milton in 2011.
Over the last ten years its successes include:
- Establishing ‘Silver Sunday’, the national day for older people held in October every year, when hundreds of free and fun events are held across the UK attended by tens of thousands of older people
- Setting up a college providing technical education in Pimlico. Ada, the National College for Digital Skills, will move into the site in September 2023
- Providing over 50 Scholarships and Bursaries for Westminster students from low income families studying at university
- Every year (postponed during the pandemic) putting on the Westminster Tea Dance attended by 1,000 older Westminster residents
- Providing well over 3,000 hampers at Christmas time to the most lonely and socially isolated older residents of Westminster at what is often the loneliest time of year.
- In the last two years, in response to the pandemic, additional support, particularly at Christmas time, was provided to over 1,000 young carers, children in care, care leavers and families in need in Westminster.
This year, in addition to all of the above the Foundation is taking on new programmes supporting:
- Bursaries for pupils from financially disadvantaged backgrounds attending Ada, the National College for Digital Skills
- Literacy programmes in the North of Westminster
- Bursaries for care leavers completing their degrees at the University of Westminster