Professional networking group rally to help The Phoenix Trust

We would like to share with you an article written about a visit from Interact which has been shared on the community page of The Cambridge Independent. Especially relevant now as some of this generous donation was used towards our new fence which with help from the Phoenix family is now complete.


The Phoenix Trust received a very special visitor carrying an amazing gift. Malcolm Howting, Chairman of local professional networking group Interact, visited The Phoenix Trust with a cheque for four thousand pounds allocated from Interact’s annual charitable funds.


Various causes had been nominated by members of Interact at their annual AGM and it was decided that this year The Phoenix Trust, which had been nominated by COEL, would be the appointed charity. The Phoenix Trust is based on the outskirts of Milton Country Park and is very much a grassroots local charity. Their incredible team offers adults and young people with learning disabilities, mental health issues and /or challenging behaviour the opportunity to gain work experience and life skills that will assist them in seeking employment and achieving their potential.


The busy team make a wide variety of products at their premises, to sell to the public; everything from: paving slabs, garden ornaments, arbors, and mud kitchens, to bird boxes, planters and trellises in all shapes and sizes. The last two years of restrictions and changing regulations have been immensely hard for the charity, especially given the much needed social structure it provides for its team. With COVID restrictions now ended in the UK, The Phoenix are in full swing and their centre is hosting all manner of exciting products to enhance your outdoor space as well as running their cake baking service.


Malcolm Howting reflects on his visit:

“I was amazed by my recent visit to The Phoenix Trust; you couldn’t meet a more enterprising or positive group of people. Their work ethic and pride in doing their job well is exemplary and the productivity within their team is staggering. We hope the money Interact has donated will help The Phoenix Trust develop the many plans they have and for their incredible team to thrive.”