The Sahara Care Charitable Trust was created in memory of one of Sahara’s major shareholders, the late Jean Brown, who was born and bred in Newham.
The Trust provides funds to other charities and not-for-profit organisations to support their work and especially includes those in the care and learning disability sectors.
Donations made by the Trust during 2014 and 2015 include £100,000 towards the construction of the Jean Brown Wing at the Richard House Children’s Hospice in Beckton, London’s first children’s hospice, which supports hundreds of families whose children and young adults have life-limiting conditions.
In 2015, the Trust also pledged £50,000 a year for four years to The Theatre Royal Stratford East, which has renamed its dress circle in honour of Jean, a regular visitor to the theatre.
Elsewhere, the Trust was a major contributor to the Jean Brown Indoor Sports Arena in Barkingside, which opened in 2012 and was the largest purpose built training venue for the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.
Annual funds are also made available to Community Links, a Newham based charity which runs a wide range of community projects for over 16,000 young people, adults and families in east London.
Other charities receiving our support include: