In April 2016 Karen Vidler the MD of AV Trinity sadly passed away following a long illness. Apart from ensuring that AV Trinity continued to thrive, Karen’s philanthropic support of charitable causes continues to benefit those less fortunate.
Prior to her sudden passing, Karen set up The Stan Vidler Memorial Charitable Trust (SVMCT) (Registered Charity Number 1167477) in memory of her father Stan Vidler, a passionate supporter of charities especially those which help disadvantaged young people to overcome their misfortunes and to realise their true potential.
SVMCT has benefited hugely from Karen’s estate and is run by a board of Trustees chaired by Jonathan Grimshaw MBE, who has a lifetime of experience in the healthcare and charitable sectors. The link with AV Trinity remains in place as part of AVTs profits will continue to go to SVMCT.
The aims of the Trust are:
- to help children and young people, disadvantaged by disability or economic circumstances, to achieve their potential – especially children with a particular talent
- to relieve financial hardship and poor health in older people
As Karen didn’t intend the Trust to be just local to Tunbridge Wells, and the Trustees have so far supported those projects which came closest to what Karen wanted to achieve. Grants have been made to:
- Acorns Children’s Hospices, based in Birmingham, which provide short break, emergency and end-of-life care for children and young people, as well as support for their families.
- Action for Kids, a north London charity helping young people with learning disabilities achieve independence by training and coaching them to be able to do paid work.
- Archway Project, based in Thamesmead, which provides accredited courses (BTEC or AQA) and activities for young people aged 11 -25.
- Independent Age, a national charity which provides financial and care advice, and companionship, to older people.
- St Giles Trust, which works, in north and south London, with young people not in employment, training or education (“NEET”s), providing training, employment and resettlement support services to ex-offenders and people at risk of offending
Karen would always go the extra mile to support local charities by holding open gardens, Summer Balls and many other events, and it only became clear after she passed away how much of a legacy she left in order to secure the future of AV Trinity and the creation and funding of the SVMCT.
The Directors and staff at AV Trinity are proud supporters of the Stan Vidler Memorial Charitable Trust
If you’d like any more information about the Trust, please email at email@example.com