Our Stories

Who better to tell our story than those whose lives we've had the biggest impact on.

The cross-section of people we work with is unparalleled within our community; we work with those aged 18 months to 80+ and offer something for everyone; with programmes impacting on health, behaviour, attitude, skills, knowledge and much more...

Jessica's Story

With the help of Foundation of Light's cooking and baking programmes, 12-year-old Jessica Hunter has found a new passion and shone in the face of adversity during her battle with severe illness.

James' Story

James Stanness overcame a number of heart-breaking bereavements within a short space of time and found a new community as a volunteer after accessing several Foundation of Light programmes.

Emily's Story

Emily Brown stood out during a successful year for the Foundation of Light’s Women’s Football scholarship programme. Combining education and football development, she attained a place at Durham University after achieving excellent academic results.

Leon's Story

Leon Stoves is an example of how the right environment can transform somebody’s experience in education. The Harrison Challenge winner found a new passion which resulted in full-time employment after working on the Foundation's Study Programme.

Tase's Story

Football proved the key to re-engaging five-year-old Tase in education, giving him new-found confidence at school after impressing his coaches in Primary Stars and Promising Little Dribblers sessions. 

Charlotte's Story

It is fair to say the course of Charlotte's life has completely changed since working with the Foundation's Skills team. When we first met her, Charlotte was living in sheltered accommodation. Now, she is an integral part of SAFC's matchday hospitality team. 

Help us make a difference

We've been supporting communities across the North East for over 20 years.

Thanks to your support, we're tackling some of the region's biggest challenges including social isolation, unemployment, food poverty and poor physical and mental health.

Do you know...for every £1 invested in our work, we save the public purse £39?

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