Burnham Health Promotion Trust owes its existence entirely to the generosity of a local couple, Louis and Valerie Freedman. In 1997 they gave a gift of £1 million to benefit the community of Burnham, in gratitude for the medical care that Louis had received. In conjunction with their GP, Dr Nigel Lewis, from Burnham Health Centre, they developed the concept and structure for a charitable trust, Burnham Health Promotion Trust, with the aim of improving health and wellbeing in the community of Burnham. The money was invested and the interest on the investment continues to fund much of BHPT's work today.
In addition, BHPT has received very generous additional support from a larger charity, the Louis and Valerie Freedman Charitable Settlement, enabling us to achieve far more for the benefit of the local community.
The first task for the newly formed trust was to identify local need. A Community Profile Report was commissioned which highlighted particular areas of needs and made some specific recommendations for action. The trust started working actively in Burnham in 1999 and since then has initiated a wide variety of projects and activities for the benefit of the local community. You can see more about the research projects we have conducted in the community on the 'OUR RESEARCH' page.
Come and have a look at OUR IMPACT, OUR PROJECTS and OUR PARTNERS pages, to see what we do, what we have done and who we work with!
BHPT have been involved some notably big projects and some much smaller, valuable life skill projects such as safe cycling, art, babysitting, first aid and gardening to name a few. Two of the bigger projects include:
- Movers & Shakers, which started as a joint venture with Bucks County Council in 2014. Movers and Shakers was a 5 year group for the over 50’s that focused on three elements of health & well-being; social, nutrition and exercise. The community could come to make friends whilst getting some gentle exercise, a hot meal and partake in some arts & crafts, a quiz and some outings!
- The Inter-generational Project. Since, 2002 we have been running this project with the children of St Peter’s School and the residents of Perry House. Getting them together to combine the generations and working through our popular themed session plan, focusing on educating the children and elderly alike, forming friendships, bonding and celebrating together. This is a fabulous example of the community at its best. See the OUR PROJECTS page for more information. We are excited to be running our successful Inter-generational Project for another year!
Please see our timetable for a list of exactly what is currently running. We are excited and proud to support & run so many projects and initiatives. Watch this space for more in the future.