Donor gives £10m

A Yorkshire businessman has donated £10m to set up a fund for local charities.

Jimi Heselden, who owns Leeds-based manufacturing company Hesco Bastion, gave the money to the Leeds Community Foundation to set up the Hesco Bastion Fund after his company made a turnover of £190m in 2007-8. The fund will benefit community groups throughout Yorkshire, especially children’s charities, hospices and hospitals.

“I have worked hard all my life and have established a very successful company,” he said. “I feel that I really ought to be putting something back and one way I can do this is by supporting local charities.”

The Leeds Community Foundation is one of 60 independent foundations nationwide that work with private sector donors to help them establish and run charitable funds to support local causes.

The foundation’s chief executive, Sally-Anne Greenfield said: “The fund was established within seven days and has already made its first donation. We are now working to continue to make donations to causes in which Jimi and his family are interested.”

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