A county-wide charitable foundation has marked its 15th anniversary.

The Worcestershire Community Foundation, based in Malvern, uses donations from individuals, trusts and the government to help support work in the community.

Lucy Wells, who is celebrating her first anniversary at the charity, said: "Worcestershire Community Foundation has done a huge amount for local people and causes over the past 15 years.

"It’s a tremendous milestone to reach, especially as we’ve been able to give out many donations to smaller charities and community groups across the county which can make a big impact.

"We’re proud to be able to support a wide range of causes and react to areas of need in Worcestershire. Some of our recent achievements include supporting the charity work of Worcestershire’s High Sheriff, distributing Comic Relief funding, and launching the Tampon Tax Fund which addresses challenges faced by local women and girls."

Since 2003, the Foundation, which is part of a national network of 46 similar organisations, has given funding to community groups including Malvern Cube, Ourside Youth Association, Worcester Snoezelen, Redditch Boxing Club, and a number of village halls to help create community spaces which meet the needs of local users.