A host of groups and charities have benefitted in the recent months, thanks to a generous donation from a closing-down trust.

A total of 14 Dorset-based groups and charities have received money through the Dorset Community Foundation because of a £100,000 donation from a closing-down charitable trust.

A health and drug prevention programme for schoolchildren, a dance project for people recovering from addictions and a disabled entrepreneur’s business start-up support programme are amongst some of the funded projects.

Jon Yates, chief executive at Dorset Community Foundation said: “We are thrilled that we funnelled the generous donation from the closing down charitable trust to support local need.

“The funded groups can now carry out their work supporting hundreds of people across our county.”

We look forward to seeing the impact these grants will make to the lives of so many people in need over the coming months.”

One of the supported groups is Vita Nova received support to continue services for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues. The charity provides access to the arts and other health and wellbeing activities for such people in a safe and supportive environment.

Dorset Community Foundation works with individuals, companies and established trusts to inspire philanthropy to address needs across Dorset.

The foundation manages funding programmes for established trusts and also offers a suitable mechanism for spending down charitable funds where the trustees would like to distribute residue funds to worthwhile causes.

For more details on the work of the foundation, visit dorsetcommunityfoundation.org