The Parabola Foundation was established to further charitable and cultural projects that will bring benefit to the public. Brief introductions to the charities we support are below.
OOR Wullie’s big bucket trail
More than 150 statues of the beloved character Oor Wullie will be exhibited around Scotland before being auctioned off to raise money for the Edinburgh Children’s Hospital Charity, the world’s biggest fundraising event of its kind. Parabola are proudly sponsoring one of the sculptures. “We are over the moon that Parabola have decided to support us,” says the charity’s project manager Hannah Biddulph. “They have helped us to ensure that our children in the hospital are a child first and a patient second.”
Featuring a host of world-class guest artists, this remarkable five-year chamber orchestra series is built around the first complete cycle of Mozart’s 27 piano concertos ever to be staged in concert in the UK. The Parabola Foundation has supported Aurora Orchestra’s residency at Kings Place since 2016.
Hawthorn Primary School
The Parabola Foundation is supporting Hawthorn Primary School in Elswick, Newcastle upon Tyne; one of the most deprived wards in the country; with its In Harmony programme. This enables every child to learn a musical instrument, with lessons, ensembles and in an orchestra for up to four hours a week.
Hexham Book Festival
Hexham Book Festival is a small and dynamic festival, based in and around Hexham, featuring high profile authors’ talks, a platform for emerging authors, creative writing and poetry workshops, a book stall and related exhibitions. Our aims include encouraging and promoting the written word for people of all ages and abilities, creating and enhancing a positive regional image nationally and internationally while positively contributing to the local economy.
Kings Place Music Foundation
We established Kings Place Music Foundation to run the music spaces at Kings Place. offering creative spaces and activities at affordable prices for all. Alongside a rich and busy music and spoken word programme, KPMF nurtures young and up-and-coming music talent and offers vital opportunities to learn and perform, working with fantastically committed partner organisations.
Poverty Relief Foundation
PRF is a small charity operating in north-western Tanzania concentrating on providing clean water and classrooms for rural communities. The first project — a water tank — was completed in 2000 and the first well in 2005. Generous donations, including from Parabola Foundation, have enabled the foundation to fund many more wells and classrooms.
Ruwenzori Sculpture Foundation
Based in the Ruwenzori Mountains of Uganda, the foundation hosts artist residencies that are designed to cross-fertilise expertise and inspiration. The centre now employs 18 trained people and provides strong bonds with communities by funding roads, access to clean water, a clinic and environmental restoration.
Bowel Cancer Research
Bowel Cancer is the second most common cause of cancer death in the UK. Prevention of bowel cancer and earlier diagnosis are essential to improving outcomes for this disease. The Parabola Foundation is generously supporting life-saving research in the North East of England, led by Newcastle University and South Tyneside NHS Foundation Trust.