Charity sends out the word

By Richard Wright

Saturday, February 15, 2014


Charity sends out the word

The Isle of Wight's Community Fund’s John Barwick. Picture by Jennifer Burton.

ONE of the Isle of Wight’s best-kept charity secrets is stepping up efforts to raise its public profile.

The Isle of Wight Community Fund (IWCF) — which is six years old — has now grown its fund, which generates cash to distribute, to more than £1 million.

It has made grants totalling £700,000 to 170 organisations, estimating its work has touched the lives of 45,000 people on the Island.

Fund chairman, Island-born John Barwick, was awarded the MBE in recognition of two decades of charity work.

He resigned from Coutts Bank in the City in 2011, after a working lifetime, in protest at the 'increasing immorality’ of the industry.

He said: "IWCF now has a fund that is 13 per cent of the total Hampshire and Isle of Wight Community Foundation endowment.

"The Island’s population is 140,000 compared with Hampshire’s 1.65 million, so it is punching well above its weight."

At the core of the fund are volunteers who now include former fundraising manager for the Earl Mountbatten Hospice Karen Eeles. It has just appointed financial consultant Ian Jenkins, the chairman of Ryde’s Waterside Pool Community Trust.

Its president is the Island’s Lord Lieutenant Maj Gen Martin White and it has the support of Island MP Andrew Turner.

"But, despite the fact we have supported many projects and organisations and have the support of so many prominent individuals and businesses, we don’t think the message we are here has got out to the wider Island," said Mr Barwick.

Last year, creation of apprenticeships for young people and a small loans scheme for businesses unable to get bank finance were supported. This year, there will be more apprenticeship aid and educational help for young people and support for the elderly too.

Government cash adds 50 per cent to individual and company donations, and there are tax incentives which further boost the amount.

Organisers are seeking ambassadors to spread the word.

• Potential donors can contact Ian Jenkins at or 07990 634427. Groups seeking grants can contact John Barwick at or 07536 044266.



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by Keven Ball

19th February 2014, at 22:43:17

I agree Den...

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by Den Young

19th February 2014, at 20:57:49

and lets hope it stays on the island.

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 21:43:31

Let us end the debate here. Now, for the third time let us all agree and support the charity no matter who it helps! Thanks.

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 16:19:41

Again, I fully agree and have tried to ended the debate many times...

by IWCP Online

18th February 2014, at 13:55:19

Hi Keven and Peter. Sorry if I am repeating myself, but please do not turn this comment thread into a tit-for-tat personal exchange, rather than a discussion of the issues raised in it. Thanks, Ross (Web Editor)

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by Peter Jeffery

18th February 2014, at 13:11:23

" I do despair sometimes with certain comments "

That makes two of us !

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 13:08:37

I do despair sometimes with certain comments. Again, let us all agree the charity does some very good work and may I say it is in book form as well as a great play to watch...

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by Peter Jeffery

18th February 2014, at 12:19:20


Had no choice but to mention the 'Reading Chronicle Scenario' as someone saw fit to delete the original post you failed to respond to.

The story is still about this charity fund for IOW people ONLY. I see you still can't bring yourself to admit your earlier error despite being provided with the website.

As for having the last word, I bow to your expertise on that one old son.

By the way, your favourite 'book' is a play !

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by Keven Ball

18th February 2014, at 11:51:23

Peter, you clearly always want the last word it seems? I have put my thoughts forward and there is not much more to add. You seem to like my favourite book then? As said, let us agree that the charity does good things for others...

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by carl palmer

17th February 2014, at 13:26:59

If all these sandwich fillings didn’t object to a bridge or tunnel then we could share resources with the rest of the world. We don’t mind the fact that the only spinal surgeon has to come from the mainland, the military aid came from the mainland....the list goes on but no we are unique ....when we want to be

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