Family trust says £8m thank-you

PUBLISHED: 12:30 04 July 2016 | UPDATED: 15:04 04 July 2016

Norman Family Trust. Ref exb 25-16SH 9428. Picture: Simon Horn.

Norman Family Trust. Ref exb 25-16SH 9428. Picture: Simon Horn.

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A family's legacy to repay loyal customers has celebrated giving away more than £8million in grants to causes across the South West.

The Norman Family Charitable Trust, based in Fore Street, has striven to provide for the people of the town and the county for nearly four decades since the sale of the Norman Cash and Carry business.

To celebrate the milestone, the charity is encouraging local not-for-profit organisations to apply for funding. In the last year, trustees, including two granddaughters of the shop’s founder, W K Norman, have handed out £378,695, including £23,395 in Budleigh. Cathy Houghton and Sarah Gillingham have continued the tradition of at least one family member acting as trustee.

Cathy said: “We have reached this £8million mark and we want to celebrate the fact. We want to help local people who may not know we are here. Grants don’t always have to be for a large amount; sometimes it’s the small amounts of money that can make the biggest difference.”

In its 2015/16 financial year, the trust approved 321 grants, including money for Exeter Hospiscare and Exmouth Community College.

Sarah added: “I think they always wanted to help - if it was animals or people. This was the best way of doing it.”

W K Norman started the business in 1939 when he bought Hoopers, in Budleigh High Street. He sold that to start the South West’s first Cash and Carry operation, growing from its East Budleigh Road premises to Station Yard. Following the retirement of W K Norman and his wife Pat, the business was sold in 1979.

Working alongside Cathy and Sarah and their grandfather and father Philip before them, is current trust chairman Roger Dawe, who has been a member since the charity was started in 1979.

He said: “I think that the family wanted to do something for all the customers; it was a way of thanking the them for their loyalty.”

To apply for a grant, complete the application form on www.nfct.org

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