Our founders, Patrick
and Frances Connolly
Patrick and Frances Connolly are from Northern Ireland, Patrick from Belfast and Frances from Strabane. They have three grown daughters and three wonderful grandchildren. They moved to Hartlepool to work in 1990, planning to stay only a few years but stayed 25, their twin girls were born in the town and two of their daughters still live in the north east of England. Despite their love of their adopted home their roots are firmly in Northern Ireland therefore, when the couple had the good luck to win the lottery, one of their first acts was to begin setting up this charity to give something back.
“It was an incredible honour when Frances invited me to become a trustee in the charity she was planning to establish in her mother’s memory. Its focus/direction is a true manifestation of the generosity of spirit that always epitomised these two ladies. Its benefits will be far reaching.”
“I have worked in the community sector for 25 years, with community projects to developed trust and relationship building and conflict transformation in. I volunteered and worked as an advice worker for citizens advice bureau for the last ten years. I have always had a strong belief in helping and supporting people who have been marginalised by society and need support to get back on their feet which I hope to continue to do through the work of the trust.”