About The Foundation
The Charity was created by Michael Connolly (pictured right) who donated the shares of his company, Connolly Holdings in memory of his late wife Kathleen.
They wanted to give something back to the county where they had achieved their success, Bedfordshire, and wanted to give young people the opportunity to improve their condition by using their skills, much as Michael had done as a young man.
They also wanted older people to be able to live comfortably and contribute to the community.
We seek to make grants to improve people’s lives in Bedfordshire. We usually work through other institutions rather than giving grants to individuals.
We support young people by:
We support frail and elderly people by:
So far we have:
We plan to:
How it all began
Michael and Kathleen came to the UK from Ireland in the 1950’s. Kathleen supported Michael in his business life, whilst fulfilling her duties as an elected representative on Luton Borough Council.
Michael went on to form a house building company, Connolly Homes, which grew, with his hard work and guidance plus Kathleen’s devoted support, into a substantial business in the ensuing 50 years.
Michael and Kathleen, through their experiences as young people in Ireland and later in their adult lives in England, were mindful of the difficulties faced by so many elderly people, particularly those who had come from the same economic background as themselves.
They often wished that they could give meaningful assistance to those in need; both in helping young people acquire new skills and qualifications and in facilitating care for the elderly.