The Nolan Charity Fund was set up in 2015 by Nolan Nicholas who, having established a successful double glazing business in Wales, wanted to create a fairer way of providing money back into the local community.
Nolan wanted to set up a charity with integrity that could help anyone needing funding for a specific purpose.
The Nolan Charity Fund seeks to provide financial support no matter how much where it is needed in Wales.
The charity now gives a way of fundraising so that it can offer grants and donations to so many more people and projects.
Since it started, the charity has donated more than £25,000 and helped nearly 20 organisations in Wales. Find out more about who we’ve helped.
The Nolan Charity Fund Mission
The Nolan Charity Fund has been established as a fundraising organisation to provide grants and donations to community organisations and community projects within Wales whose main purpose or purposes are for the relief of those in need, whether by reason of youth, age, ill-health, disability, financial hardship or any other disadvantage; and the promotion of community participation in healthy recreation by way of grants and donations in relation to the provision of amateur sport within Wales.
The Nolan Charity Fund’s vision is to ensure that monies raised in Wales are distributed and used within Wales to help others realise their goals and aspirations, and to make sure the good work they do can continue.
Meet our trustees...
Nolan Nicholas - Trustee
When I launched the Nolan Charity Fund in 2015 many questioned why a double glazing company was setting up a charitable fund. The reason was simple, having established a successful business in Wales I wanted to be able to put something back into the local community.
During the past 27 years, I have seen where financial support has been needed, and often it’s not been easy to help everyone. By setting up the Nolan Charity Fund we now have a way of fundraising and providing a fairer way of getting money to the people and organisations that need it the most.
As a trustee of the charity I have seen some of the vital work that we have provided funding for in just two years. By inviting individuals, community projects and charities in Wales to apply for funding each year, we can help so many more worthy causes than just as a business selecting an annual charity of the year.
My ambition for the charity is that it will continue to grow and provide real financial support where it is needed in Wales.
Robert Taylor - Trustee
My friendship with Nolan and Nolan uPVC go back many years, in fact my first encounter with Nolan was when I bought a conservatory from him some 20 years ago. We just hit it off. From that point through my work with Tenovus Cancer Care, I approached Nolan for support, and the rest is history. I was honoured to be asked by Nolan to become one of the trustees right at the start of the charity’s journey in 2015.
I have more than 20 years’ experience in the charity sector with two national charities. I worked for Tenovus Cancer Care as regional appeals organiser for 13 years and community fundraiser for Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice for seven years.
These days I work part-time for Ennis Caravans and enjoy spending time with my family, including my wife Shirley, two daughters Sian Elin and Anwen, and three grandchildren, Ivan, Beca and Elen Haf, who keep me very busy! I don’t mind the odd round of golf too.
Sarah Cleevely – Fundraising & Events Manager
I have worked for Nolan for the past nine years as marketing manager. I took over as fundraising and events manager in September 2016 after helping Nolan to set the charity up in 2015.
It’s such a privilege to be involved with the charity and to see how the work that it does has helped so many people in Wales since it started.
There is a lot of work that goes on behind the scenes in managing a charity, but the work is rewarded through the successful fundraising events we put on and the thanks the charity receives from the organisations it helps.
It really is great to be able to give something back to the local community and to ensure, where we can through funding, that vital work in Wales continues. I look forward to the charity going from strength to strength.
Jason James – Management Committee
As general manager for Nolan uPVC, I have worked with Nolan for more than 25 years and so was delighted when the charity was set up to be involved.
Alongside Nolan and Robert, I sit on the panel that assesses the annual applications for funding that come into the Nolan Charity Fund.
It’s not an easy process, as each applicant has their own story to tell and reasons for applying for funding support. Each year the money made available to fund vital projects and services has grown, and so it is very rewarding each year to be able to help many more worthy causes in Wales. It is great to see the real benefit the money has, and being able to meet all the beneficiaries each year at our annual grant awards presentation evening.