Local social welfare organisation Nugent has launched its Gubay Crisis Fund thanks to a donation from the Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation.
The Foundation has agreed to donate an annual £20,000 for the next three years to enable Nugent, which works at the heart of some of the north-west's hardest-hit communities, to provide desperately needed support. The Gubay Crisis Fund will offer one-off grants to assist families and individuals living within Liverpool Archdiocese where a relatively small amount of funding can make a big difference.
Nugent patron Phil Thompson attended the launch event at Bishop Eton Parish in Childwall, which included a performance from Visualise, the Academy of St Francis of Assisi school choir.
"This is a fantastic announcement," said Thompson. "Nugent can now help people in crisis directly and quickly, and do what they do best, giving families and young people the support they need to help them to change their lives for the better."
Nugent provides a diverse range of support to adults and children in Merseyside through schools, care homes, community and social work services, and social enterprise.
The Albert Gubay Charitable Foundation fulfils the wish of the late millionaire businessman and philanthropist Albert Gubay, KC*SG to give back his wealth to the communities that helped him create it in the first place by aiding good causes in the Isle of Man, England, Wales and the Republic of Ireland.
The origins of Nugent date back to the 1800s and the pioneering work of Father James Nugent (1822–1905) in child welfare, poverty relief and social reform. His work continues today through Nugent, the social welfare arm of the Archdiocese.
Front – right to left: Father Michael Fitzsimons (Nugent Chair), Normandie Wragg (Nugent CEO), Phil Thompson (Nugent Patron)
Back – St Francis of Assisi choir