On 12 December 2014 (and announced on Thursday 5th March 2015), Hilton in the Community Foundation (HCF) renamed to DM Thomas Foundation for Young People (DMTFYP). Since its inception in 2000 as a charitable trust, the Foundation, which raises funds to support young people in the areas of health and education, has evolved and expanded across Europe positively impacting on the lives of thousands of vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.
The name change reflects the development of the work of the Foundation and the new name has been selected to recognise the dedication and commitment of founding Trustee and Deputy Chairman, Maureen Thomas.
Maureen Thomas said: “I have been involved with the Foundation since its earliest days and am delighted to witness many of the fantastic projects we have been able to support thanks to everybody’s hard work and commitment. Young people, especially those who are disabled, sick or otherwise disadvantaged face numerous challenges to fulfilling their potential, and they need our compassion and help. Along with my fellow trustees, who all give of their time and expertise, we look forward to the next chapter of success.”
The Foundation’s Chairman, Simon Vincent, said: “The Foundation has continued to grow and develop, achieving a significant impact on many young lives. This is testament to the incredible hard work of our volunteers, on whom our charity relies.”
Simon Sheehan, Director of the Foundation said: “The Foundation sees its name change as an opportunity to build new relationships with our other corporate partners. We are excited about the future and the new possibilities that are open to us. We will use our skills and networks to activate local community engagement programmes, resulting in even more young people having a better future”.
The Foundation’s focus remains on improving the education and well-being of disabled, vulnerable and disadvantaged young people.