A CHARITABLE foundation set up just over three years ago has reached a major milestone.

The JF Hornby Foundation, which was established in 2015, has surpassed the £100,000 giving mark.

Scores of charities and community groups have benefitted from the Ulverston-based organisation - which was set up ‘to give something back.’

Paul Hornby is the managing director of JF Hornby and Co, one of the leading independent firms of chartered accountants in Cumbria.

He said: “As a family business working in an area where community is everything, we have enjoyed huge support from local businesses and individuals over the years.

“We decided three years ago that it was time to give something back.

“There are so many fantastic community groups, individuals and voluntary organisations out there and quite often, they need help and support to continue their excellent work.

“Our directors are passionate believers in social responsibility and want to try and help these causes to continue their great work.

“We are a business - but we are not just about the bottom line, and it has been a real joy to help so many different causes over the last few years.”

Trustees of the foundation meet every quarter to discuss grant applications.

While requests are welcome from the wider county, those from the Furness and South Lakes area are given a higher priority.

Since the foundation was launched, more than 50 different charities, groups and organisations have been awarded grants.

Chairman of JF Hornby and Co, John Hornby, established the business 24 years ago.

He said: “We were embraced by the community from the day we opened and it has been very humbling to enjoy that continued support over many years.

“I take great personal pleasure from helping causes which need a little boost.

“As a local business it’s the least we can do and I look forward to the JF Hornby Foundation continuing to offer a helping hand for many years to come.”

Visit thehornbyfoundation.org.uk to find out more