Umbrella receives substantial grant

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We are thrilled to announce that we have been awarded a grant of £50,000 from the Wolfson Foundation.

The grant will be used to continue the redevelopment of the Annie Hall Centre. The former Rykneld Community Centre is being developed to provide a top quality, fully accessible facility where we can expand the range of opportunities on offer to disabled children and young people across Derby City and Southern Derbyshire. It will mean that Umbrella can support even more families.

The building is named in honour of our much loved Trustee, Annie Hall, who tragically lost her life in the floods in Derbyshire and it will be a lasting memorial to her commitment to supporting families with children with additional needs.

This generous grant will enable Umbrella to finish Phase One of the redevelopment and it will be ready to welcome young people in the coming months. There will still be much work to be done to complete the renovation of the centre and its grounds so that Umbrella can realise the full potential of this wonderful project.

Umbrella have received support from many businesses, organisations and members of the public to make this dream a reality and we are very grateful to everyone who has given so generously of their time, money and boundless energy.

The Wolfson Foundation is an independent charity that supports and promotes excellence​ in the fields of science and health, heritage, humanities and the arts. Education and research underpins all that they do.

Since it was established in 1955, over £900 million (£1.9 billion in real terms) has been awarded to more than 11,000 projects throughout the UK, all on the basis of expert review.