Helen and Peter Wilde

Beacon Award for Local Community Philanthropy

When Helen and Peter Wilde retired they were able to set up a modest endowment fund within the South West’s Quartet Community Foundation, which was bolstered by a small inheritance.

As well as money, the couple give a lot of time and energy to various causes. Helen, who has served as Bristol’s High Sheriff for the past year, was a Trustee and chair of Home Start’s Bristol branch for more than 10 years. In 2004 she began the first regional chapter of the Funding Network that brings givers together for greater impact. Through the network, they have raised over £250,000 for more than 40 small charities.

“Charitable giving is still more of a private pursuit in the UK. People like to give anonymously. We want to give more publicly and show that people like us can make a difference. If someone asks us to put our name on something we are all for it.”