The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation
Leicester is known for being a young city, 27% of the population are between the ages of 0 and 19, but one in three live within the official definition of child poverty.
Businesses are playing a key role in tackling the problem and Bobby Dhanjal Wealth Management is one of these. In 2012, company director and founder Bobby Dhanjal started up the Bobby Dhanjal Foundation for Children, under the Community Foundation umbrella. Bobby, who grew up in Leicester, was eager to give something back to his city and invest in its future.
The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation is made up of funds from personal donations and staff fundraising activity and has been set up to support disadvantaged city children between 5 and 12 years old. By setting up the fund with the Leicestershire & Rutland Community Foundation, The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation is also benefiting from the government’s match of £1 for every £2 donated for long term support.
Bobby Dhanjal explained “The Community Foundation has worked with us to identify where we want to give and how we can reach people to make a difference. By creating an endowment fund we are increasing our giving by 50% and working to create a legacy for the children of Leicester”.
Bobby’s foundation believes that all children, from any background, race or religion, should have the experience of playing and making new friends within a safe environment and since 2014, The Bobby Dhanjal Foundation has proudly supported several local children’s charitable and voluntary groups.
- Leicester Children’s Holiday Centre, Mablethorpe which takes city children away on a traditional seaside holiday, when their families are struggling to afford a break.
- Goldhill Play Association, one of the six city adventure playgrounds offering local city children free adventure play in a safe, supervised space, close to home where children can thrive and enjoy the simple pleasures of a playground.
- Forward Thinking Movement & Dance is a special needs performing arts project offering dance, drama and music sessions for children, young people and adults with special needs and disabilities, siblings are also welcome. Their classes provide students with the opportunity to learn transformable life skills such as co-ordination, communication and creativity. They are one of the only performing arts projects in the midlands to provide these services.