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The Peter Sowerby Foundation supports charities, CICs and registered social and healthcare providers. We do this by providing grants towards projects in healthcare, the community, environment and conservation, and the arts.

In terms of geography, we largely support UK-wide projects, but have occasionally provided grants to international ventures. Our Trustees are particularly interested in supporting projects in Dr Sowerby’s much-loved home of North Yorkshire.

Since it was established in 2013, the Foundation has awarded a total of £10 million by way of 89 grants to 63 organisations.

The case studies below are just a selection of the grants that the Foundation has made. We have enjoyed working in partnership with these organisations over the years and witnessing the impact of our grants.

Choose a theme to see the organisations we have funded and the work they’re doing.

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Healthcare innovation

MS Society

The MS Society’s central mission - The Stop MS Appeal - seeks to find effective treatments for the 107,000 people with MS in the UK and the 2.3million people living worldwide who live with this relentless, painful and disabling condition worldwide - the Society seeks to bring an end to MS as we know it.

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Healthcare innovation

Sheffield University Hospitals

 A grant of £117,557 supported a Post doctoral lab post to establish the scientific basis of adipose tissue in the repair or reversal of contracted scar tissue after severe burns injury

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Healthcare innovation

CLIC Sargent

We made a grant of £214,345 over three years for CLIC Sargent’s ‘Thrive, not just survive’ programme in Yorkshire. The grant will ensure that the CLIC Sargent care teams are on hand to support young cancer patients emotionally to build reslience and confidence.

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Healthcare innovation

Target Ovarian Cancer

Target Ovarian Cancer is the UK’s leading ovarian cancer charity working to improve early diagnosis, fund life-saving research and provide much-needed support to women with ovarian cancer.

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Healthcare innovation

Autistica

Autistica demonstrated in a 2016 report, Personal tragedies, public crisis, that Autistic people are at 2.5 times increased risk of premature death from virtually all causes, resulting in an average life expectancy 16 years lower than the general population. 

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Healthcare innovation

Royal Papworth Charity

The Foundation has funded the installation of newly commissioned artwork by Sigune Hamann in the Outpatients and Critical Care Area of new Royal Papworth Hospital. 

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Healthcare innovation

Action for Stammering Children

Action for Stammering Children is a charity founded in 1989 whose purpose is to support children, young people and their families throughout the UK who stammer

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