Bluestone Foundation presented with a High Sheriff Award
At Bluestone National Park Resort’s 2018 St David’s Day Celebrations, the High Sheriff of Dyfed, Mrs. Susan Balsom presented the Bluestone Foundation with a High Sheriff Award.
The Award recognises voluntary activities and a special commitment to enhancing the lives of individuals and the wider community.
Commenting the High Sheriff said, “On behalf of the Shrievalty of Dyfed. I am delighted to present this award to the Bluestone Foundation. In particular, I congratulate Mrs. McNamara and her committee on their vision and outstanding service to the community. I also commend the marvelous charitable efforts of all the staff at Bluestone. This remarkable, hugely popular resort helps sustain the economy, environment, and wellbeing of Pembrokeshire in so many ways and I wish the Foundation continued success.”
The Bluestone Foundation was founded as a Charitable Trust to help people to help themselves through environmental, economic, and social projects in Pembrokeshire. The Foundation is supported financially by Bluestone, the generous donations of guests at the resort, and pro-active fundraising by the resort's 700 employees.
In 2017, the Bluestone Foundation Community Fund donated over £21,000 in monetary grants to various projects around the county of Pembrokeshire. Beneficiaries included the VC Gallery, PATCH, Action for Children, Fishguard Sea Cadets, Paul Sartori Foundation, The Tanyard, and Pembrokeshire People First, as well as over 300 local raffles and fundraisers.
Established in 2010 by Bluestone Director, Pamela McNamara, the Bluestone Foundation has supported a range of local projects in partnership with the Pembrokeshire Association of Voluntary Services (PAVS) and the Charities Aid Foundation (CAF).
Speaking at the St David’s Day Celebrations, Pamela McNamara said: “The Bluestone Foundation underpins the ethos of Bluestone; aiming to affect positive change and make a real difference to local communities. As one of Pembrokeshire’s biggest employers, we want to ensure our community efforts filter through to those groups most in need.
We are delighted to receive this award from The High Sheriff and are very proud of the work of the Bluestone Foundation team. Over the last 5 years, more than £114,000 has been distributed to local causes and it’s been a pleasure to be able to support a range of projects across Pembrokeshire and watch them grow.”