Letter: Community funds

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The Independent Online
Sir: May I echo and support the proposal by Michael Brophy, chief executive of the Charities Aid Foundation (Letters, 17 September), that each town or county might have a "People's Trust" to mark the tragic death of Diana, Princess of Wales.

May I also point out that a number of such trusts aleady exist, in the form of local community foundations, whose objectives are to harness funds from both individuals and companies for charitable projects. In the case of Wiltshire Community Foundation, which is my local county organisation dedicated (inter alia) to supporting community care of the frail elderly, minority groups, disadvantaged young people and to tackling isolation, a permanent endowment fund is being built to provide an income source in perpetuity for the county.

JENNIE FRANCIS

Office Manager

Wiltshire Community Foundation

Devizes, Wiltshire

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