Diana Lloyd established the D&J Lloyd Community First Fund with the Foundation in 2013
Diana was born in 1945 and studied Politics and Economics at the University of Exeter, before moving to Cambridgeshire to join the East Anglian Regional Health Authority in 1984.
Charitable giving focused on the local community is a legacy of Diana’s family. Her parents, James Lloyd CBE and Olga Lloyd, founded the Burton Upon Trent Civic Society in 1962 and established a fund to support their local community. They were particularly interested in supporting heritage and people with disabilities.
Following the death of her parents, there were two charitable trusts – one to support the Burton upon Trent area and the other for projects in Cambridgeshire. Diana, a trustee, considered recruiting additional trustees to continue administering the trusts, as her parents would have wanted. Instead, she and her partner Clive, also a trustee, chose to first seek advice from Cambridgeshire Community Foundation.
Diana chose to transfer funds to the Foundation in 2013, establishing the D&J Lloyd Community First Fund, an endowed fund which offers a sustainable source of funding for good causes in Cambridgeshire. At the time, Diana also took advantage of the government’s Community First match funding that was available, which boosted the value of fund.
There are two specific points of focus for Diana’s fund at Cambridgeshire Community Foundation. The first is to support projects that benefit older people in the local area, which is a reflection on Diana’s 12 years serving as a trustee of Age Concern Cambridgeshire (now Age UK). Diana was Chair of Trustees for six years. The second focus of the fund reflects Diana’s passion for the arts. She and her partner, Clive, participate in amateur dramatics and choirs, and want to help make such activities accessible to everyone. Diana can’t imagine not being able to access the arts and explains that they want to “help people at a disadvantage to take part in arts activities”.
As a result of Diana’s positive experience of working with the Foundation, she also encouraged the trustees looking after the funding for Burton upon Trent to transfer their money to the Staffordshire Community Foundation.