Harry Harpham sadly died in February 2016 after being diagnosed with terminal cancer. His wife, Gill Furniss went on to win the by election following his death and is the current MP for the area.
The Foundation, set up by Gill Furniss MP, aims to support disadvantaged young people by funding activities and projects for young people to positively engage with and divert them away from anti-social behavior.
Grimesthorpe Family Centre Trust is the first to benefit from the Foundation, receiving funding for their weekly youth club. The youth club provides a safe and inclusive environment for young people in Grimesthorpe and Fir Vale. The club is also focused on integration through learning by helping attendees from different cultural backgrounds to understand each other.
The Harry Harpham Foundation has been set up in partnership with local charity, South Yorkshire’s Community Foundation (SYCF). SYCF specialises in managing and administering charitable giving at a local level, to ensure funding goes to where it is needed most.
Gill Furniss MP said: “Setting up the Harry Harpham Foundation is my way to recognise the work of Harry in his local community. It is a way in which Harry’s legacy can continue on.
“Harry’s passion was helping and supporting young people to achieve their aspirations and he would be extremely proud to see that a fund has been set up to meet the needs in his constituency.
“We are also delighted to be working with SYCF who are managing the fund. SYCF are a key organisation in South Yorkshire, whose expertise is in developing local giving.”