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When the difficult decision was taken to close the Healthy Living Centre (HLC) in Aylesbury, the team were keen to ensure they did not leave service users unsupported or projects unfinished. But more than that they wanted to leave a legacy for years to come. Heart of Bucks has helped them to achieve that goal.

Once the logistics of ensuring services would continue through other agencies and employees were supported to transition to new employment was in hand, HLC approached Heart of Bucks to help with the management of the remaining monetary assets.

HLC has set up an endowment fund with Heart of Bucks with an investment of just over £142,000. This endowment fund will provide grants to community groups and charities in Buckinghamshire, that offer services in line with the HLC ethos, for years to come. Heart of Bucks will manage the investment and grant distribution making it simple for HLC and giving everyone peace of mind that the money will have a lasting impact in the community.

Henry Allmand CEO of Heart of Bucks said:

“While it’s always sad to see the closure of services in the local area, we’re glad to be able to help HLC ensure its legacy lives on. A substantial endowment fund like this will be able to make a significant difference to individuals and organisations in Bucks in the short and long term.”

Julia King, Chair of HLC Trustees and Marcela Heime, CEO commented:

“We are delighted to work with Heart of Bucks to establish this legacy which will continue the work of the Healthy Living Centre, supporting vulnerable individuals and groups in line with our values. The HLC may have ceased operations, but this legacy means our mission will continue”.