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The Duncan & Toplis Foundation supports Nottingham young persons' charity Base 51

| Duncan & Toplis | 7 April 2023

Duncan & Toplis are delighted to be supporting Base 51 with grant funding through their charitable arm, the Duncan & Toplis Foundation.

Launched in 1993, the Base 51 charity supports 11-25-year-olds in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire from disadvantaged backgrounds, and have supported over 50,000 young people to date.  With a focus on early intervention and providing a ‘safe place where change begins’ for young people, the charity offers counselling, trauma support, an LGBTQIA+ peer support group, a youth club, dance and recording studios and a gym.

In addition, the charity offers practical support in the form of Crisis Support, delivering vital services to young people who, because of their home situation, means they can't afford food, showers or to wash their clothes.  The donation from The Duncan & Toplis Foundation means the services, which includes the provision of showers, laundry facilities, a clothes bank, food parcels, hot meals and crisis counselling can be extended to an additional 40 young people in need across Nottinghamshire.

Speaking of the difference that the donation will make, Verity Mitchell, Head of Fundraising and Events at Base 51, said:

“As the cost of living crisis deepens, those already living in poverty are going to be the ones most affected. Providing the Crisis Support service for 11-25-year-olds in need means that they will be able to have food, clothes and access to showers and laundry for their hygiene. The counsellors will be able to assess them, and signpost them to additional help if required (such as our own counselling service).

“We had our funding cut by the Council in 2022, so we are working on expanding our fundraising to ensure that we can still provide the vital services that so many rely on. Without Base 51 many young people would be hanging out on the streets where they are vulnerable and open to exploitation and violence or would be left without the support for their mental health that they are desperately in need of.”

Duncan & Toplis head of charities, and Trustee of the Duncan & Toplis Foundation, Niall Kingsley said:

“With the ongoing cost of living crisis and with council finances under increasing pressure, our young people require more support than ever before; we commend Base 51 for the crucial services they provide to our community and are delighted to support them”.

For further information about Base 51, please visit their website


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