The Beard Charitable Foundation was set up in 2016 with a £250,000 donation from the Beard family, to support initiatives driven by our people and construction education projects within the communities where we live and work.
The Foundation’s assets are held and managed by Oxfordshire Community Foundation, a charitable organisation that connects donors with local causes.
Led by our Chairman Mark Beard, the Foundation is administered by a Board made up of colleagues across our regions, and includes a representative from the Oxfordshire Community Foundation.
Well known in the industry and the region, the Beard Charitable Foundation was established by Alan Beard, retired Chairman and the third generation to lead the business.
Together, we see real opportunity to deliver positive impacts on local economies, local communities, and local people - leaving a lasting legacy and helping to be better tomorrow than we are today.
Supporting people and organisations in the areas where we work and encouraging staff to give back to the local community is an essential part of our commitment to being a good neighbour and helping to create flourishing, successful communities. The Beard Charitable Foundation will benefit communities across the South of England.
Here to help
The Beard Charitable Foundation awards around £20,000 in grants each year, adding to funding raised by individuals or teams, with the aim of supporting the Beard family & colleagues in their charitable endeavours.
The Foundation aims to make larger, strategic, adhoc donations and invites applicants from charities within the company's operating area, particularly those who share our goals and high ambitions to advance construction industry education.
We work with schools to integrate our services into their curriculum, attending skills buildings days and getting involved, along with STEM professionals, to take the discussion further and showcase the opportunities in these fields in the working world.
Beard and the Charitable Foundation have great links with SATRO:
- Our Pre-construction Manager in Guildford, Ollie Chun, serves on the board of the charity and stays actively involved in Construction Forum and Building Challenge days.
- We donate £10,000 per year (since 2021) in support of their inspirational in-school programmes.
- Our site teams actively participate in the school programmes, engaging with primary and secondary students, demonstrating real construction concepts such as design, cost and buildability, and providing practical and interactive coaching.
- We offer support and advice at careers information events.
Activities supported by the Beard Charitable Foundation
London to Paris Cycle for the Alzheimers Society & Katherine House Hospice
Led by Chris Godfrey, a team of five family and friends raised £,2700 including a £1,500 donation by the BCF.
They headed off from Tower Bridge, London & reached the Eifel Tower, Paris in three and a half days.
London to Brighton Cycle in aid of British Heart Foundation
Peter Beilby, Senior Project Manager, raised £1,000 with a £500 donation from the BCF.
“I did the ride for two reasons. One, the challenge and secondly because I am a regular supporter of the British Heart Foundation (BHF). Back in 2015, I suffered a heart problem whilst at work, and after a small emergency op, had a pacemaker fitted. The BHF has helped to halve the number of people dying from heart problems and circulatory disease in the UK, but sadly every day hundreds of people still lose their lives. I was one of the lucky ones.”
Sussex Heritage Trust Bursary Programme
The programme provides funding to help young people launch their careers in the construction industry and building conservation crafts.
£1,000 from the Beard Charitable Foundation supported a student to attend a week long course in oak timber framing at the Weald and Downland Living Museum.
Sobell House Hospice
The BCF has provided match funding for the work of our Oxford crew who have tackled a number of events, including a Jail Break Quiz, BBQ Race Night and a River Walk, to raise a total of £4,200.
Prospect Hospice Starlight Walk
In memory of a colleague and family member who lost their battle with cancer, The Brightsides - a group of colleagues and friends - completed the 10k Starlight Walk on 24 June 2024.
With a £1,000 donation from the BCF they raised an incredible £2,329.