Current Projects

Some of the Foundation’s major current projects are shown below:

Happy Days

Happy Days is a national children’s charity providing holidays, theatre trips and visiting theatre performances for disadvantaged young people with special needs.

The young people receiving help range in age from 3 to 17 years, they come from many different backgrounds and cultures and suffer many different conditions.

The Slater Foundation has, for the last two years, been funding a project which allows over 3,000 children each year to benefit from a range of performing art experiences.  These include plays, musicals and shows by a tribal dance group called ‘The Lions of Zululand’ and a sensory interactive show for autistic and complex need children by Bamboozle Theatre.

To find out more about the project and Happy Days click here: The Slater Foundation Happy Days Project

Jobim Ffrench

The Slater Foundation has been supporting Jobim since 2014.  Jobim, who is 13 years old, is an exceptionally gifted tennis player.  He has held Aegon GB Future Stars status – a programme in association with the Lawn Tennis Association (LTA).  His athletic scores are incredible and the LTA had to recalibrate their charts on account of his prodigious gifts.  At age 7 he became the youngest player to be supported by Wilson and then, aged 9, the youngest player to be supported by Team HEAD – his current sponsors.

The Slater Foundation has funded Jobim’s attendance at Formarke/Repton – a school with a long and distinguished tradition of producing top tennis players in the UK.  Formarke/Repton provides unrivalled access to their top coach with over 16 hours of tennis per week with the Senior Squad who are all at the National level.  During his school career at Foremarke/Repton, Jobim was part of a successful quartet that reached the Aegon National Tennis Finals at Bolton Area; one of only 4 schools to do so out of a field of 600.  Jobim won the Repton School Tournament in 2015 and 2016 out of 180 players.  He is currently rated 5.2 by the LTA and regularly attends LTA regional training camps.  Jobim will be moving to Millfield School from September 2016.  The Slater Foundation is proud to continue its support.  Jobim has secured a Tennis Scholarship and will be part of a first class programme which is managed by GB level performance staff.  He is widely recognised as a major talent with a great attitude towards self-improvement.

Click here to see Jobim playing tennis: Jobim Ffrench

Butterfly Conservation

Duke of Burgundy by Nigel Kitely

Since 2009, The Slater Foundation has made donations to Butterfly Conservation.  The Foundation’s donations have been used to assist with restoring excellent butterfly habitat in Beckley Woods in East Sussex as well as making up the final payment of matched funding to release a large grant to undertake conservation and management work in Denge Woods – the last stronghold of the Duke of Burgundy butterfly in Kent.

The Duke of Burgundy sightings had dropped to just a handful each season in Denge Woods.  We were pleased to hear that there were almost one thousand sightings in 2014.

This superb photograph of a Duke of Burgundy butterfly was taken by Nigel Kiteley.

Click on the link to visit Butterfly Conservation’s website: www.butterfly-conservation.org

The Red Squirrel Survival Trust

The red squirrel is one of the UK’s most attractive native wild animals.  It is much smaller than a grey squirrel and does not hibernate.

A red squirrelA pair of American grey squirrels was released into the wild in the UK in 1876 by a banker named Thomas Brocklehurst.  Over the next 50 years there are records of many more releases to help establish a wild population.  The most significant of these were in Richmond Park, Regents Park, Woburn Park and in Edinburgh.

It is now known that greys actively fight and drive out red squirrels.  Greys also compete with reds for food and territory and most significantly greys carry the squirrel poxyvirus which is very harmful to reds but does not seem to affect greys.

About 75% of the UK’s 140,000 red squirrels are to be found in Scotland.  However, eradication of the grey squirrel from the North Wales island of Anglesey began in January 1998.  This facilitated the natural recovery of the small remnant red squirrel population.  Subsequent reintroductions into broadleaved woodland followed and today the island has the single largest red squirrel population in Wales.  Now there are around 300 red squirrels and about 40 greys.

Friends of the Angelsey Red Squirrels (FOARS) has promoted red squirrel conservation on the island.  The Red Squirrel Survival Trust (RSST) supports their work by fundraising and grants.  In 2010 FOARS successfully submitted an application to the Heritage Lottery Fund to fund the next stage of the island’s work.  As with all Heritage Lottery Fund grants there is a requirement to provide matched funding.  FOARS and RSST had almost reached their target to unlock funding of £360,000 over the next three years.  The Slater Foundation donation to RSST ensured the target was reached and the Heritage Lottery Fund has been awarded.

This new project will reinstate native red squirrels across 720 kilometres of Anglesey’s landscape and provide about 800 adult red squirrels with a sustainable island refuge.

The Slater Foundation also made a further donation to The Red Squirrel Survival Trust to help them improve their website to allow visitors to make donations online.  This has helped to increase support for the charity.  To find out more about The Red Squirrel Survival Trust’s work please visit their excellent new website www.rsst.org.uk.

The Foundation continues to support The Red Squirrel Survival Trust.