Local youth charities to benefit as Memset launches new Community Fund

Local youth charities to benefit as Memset launches new Community Fund

Local community and voluntary charities that help support young people are set to benefit from a new grant fund established by Guildford based technology company, Memset. The ‘Memset Community Fund’ has been launched in partnership with the Community Foundation for Surrey.

Memset specialises in business web hosting and cloud computing and is based at the Surrey Research Park. Its new fund has been set up to specifically help young people and will prioritise support for projects which involve technology and are based within a ten mile radius of the company’s Guildford office. Memset has a history of supporting local initiatives such as the Lion’s annual Guildford Fireworks display and this new fund will enable staff to have a more active involvement in local community projects.

Managing Director, Kate Craig-Wood explains, “This exciting new project has been driven by our staff who all live within the Surrey area and are keen to share the success of the business with others in the local community.  The fund fits nicely with Memset’s aim to promote technology in the community and will be managed by a staff panel would will decide which projects to support without input from the directors.”

Memset’s Fund will be managed by local giving experts, the Community Foundation for Surrey. The Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and the voluntary groups providing vital services for local people. Companies, individuals and families can establish a fund with the foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. Since establishing five years ago the Foundation has awarded £2 million in grants to over 700 organisations.

Executive Director from the Community Foundation, Wendy Varcoe, says “This new Fund is fantastic news for local youth projects, and will make a big impact on those they support. It is great to see local businesses support their immediate communities in this way and we would like to thank the team at Memset for their generous donation which will make a considerable impact in the local community.”

To find out whether your community group could benefit from a grant from the Memset Community Fund call the Community Foundation for Surrey on 01483 409230 or visit www.communityfoundationsurrey.org.uk.

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For further information contact:

Fran Everist, Community Foundation for Surrey, 01483 409227/ 0771 301 9656, fran@surreycommunityfoundation.org.uk.

Katie Olver, Memset PR, 020 8614 6816, kolver@momentousuk.com.

Editor’s Notes:

Memset is an award-winning IT hosting company based in Guildford, Surrey. We provide managed hosting and cloud computing solutions for businesses (Infrastructure-as-a-Service). Our services range from individual Miniserver VM® virtual servers to enterprise-class dedicated server clusters with multi-site fail-over, all without long-term contracts or up-front costs. Our customers range from small start-ups to large corporates (eg. Debenhams, Hilton Hotels and Hanson), and are spread across all industry sectors. A large segment of our customers are IT companies using us as their infrastructure platform for providing web-based Software-as-a-Service (SaaS).

Recently awarded an ISPA award for ‘Best Managed Service’, Memset has also been voted as the UK’s Best Web Host for five consecutive years at the PC Pro Awards.

For more information on Memset, please visit: http://www.memset.com

Community Foundation for Surrey is a charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local needs.  The Community Foundation works both with donors who want to give something back to their local communities and the voluntary groups providing vital services for local people. Companies, individuals and families can establish a fund with the foundation, which supports a growing programme of grant-making to communities. The Community Foundation for Surrey is part of a national network of over 50 community foundations, one of the fastest growing philanthropic movements in the UK.

Posted July 2011 by Kate Craig-Wood