The Rigby Foundation Charitable Trust was founded and operates on the principle that success in business goes hand-in-hand with putting back into society and communities. The Foundation invests in causes relating to lifelong learning, health and education. The foundation currently has more than £1.5million invested in active projects, supported by strategic guidance and oversight from senior Rigby Group executives.
The Rigby Foundation has donated £500,000 to champion innovative cancer care in South Warwickshire at the new £22 million Stratford Hospital. The Foundation has donated £250,000 to create a new dedicated cancer unit which will be named The Rigby Unit as well as creating and sponsoring the annual Rigby Awards, worth a further £250,000, which will encourage and champion better ways of delivering cancer care in the local community.
The first Rigby Awards, issued in 2016, went to five successful projects put forward by medical staff within the South Warwickshire NHS Trust. These projects focused on improving cancer treatment and care locally and ranged from the first time chemotherapy is provided at home, to exploring the link between breast cancer and vitamin D deficiency. The Foundation is a substantial supporter of the meeting and learning base at Marie Curie’s ‘new state of the art’ hospice in Solihull and has funded a new cancer wing, The Rigby Unit, at the new Stratford Upon Avon Hospital.
The Foundation is also a major sponsor of the International Aviation Academy –Norwich (IAA-N), a £12.5 million purpose-built facility, located next to Norwich Airport. The Academy is creating the next generation of aviation professionals. Norwich Airport, which was acquired by Rigby Group in 2014 and remains a founding partner of the Academy, which opened in 2017, sponsored and fitted out one of the main seminar rooms that is helping to train up to 450 people a year for local, national and international aviation jobs.