Community & Charity

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The Bedford Independent was founded to provide the people of Bedford Borough with a modern news desk that would give them easy access to genuine and unbiased Bedford news. We are independent in ownership and opinion.

Our mission is to inform and inspire the people of Bedford. To do this we will work hard to bring them the news that matters to them from our town centre to the most rural of the Borough’s villages.

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Gareth Woodfine, the well-known solicitor, businessman, sportsman and philanthropist has passed away at the age of 89. A proud Welshman, Gareth started his eponymous law firm Woodfine and Co in 1971...
A Bedford man has braved fog, heights and dodgy street meat to abseil 900 feet down New York City's iconic Empire State Building in the 'Big Rappel' the first charity event of its kind....
Everyday Heroes Awards finalists, highly commended and winners 2023
Last night we said "thank you" to the Bedford heroes who walk among us, with our fourth Everyday Heroes Awards, in partnership with The Harpur Trust. Just over 50 people were nominated...
Italian festival
Grants, designed to support community infrastructure and culture across Bedford Borough have been made available as part of the UK Shared Prosperity Fund. The funding, worth £565,000...
A charity working with Bedford's most vulnerable children and young people is celebrating being awarded £326,112 in funding from The National Lottery Community Fund...
Laura Pottinger
The creative community in Bedford has paid tribute to Laura Pottinger who tragically lost her life at Kemspton Weir on Sunday, 16 April, alongside her great friend, Sarah Waller...
Bedford Hospital Charity and Friends cheque in memory of the Donnelly brothers 31 August 2023 l-r John Jones, David Ross, David Donnelly, Deborah Inskip, Robert Oakley and Terry Donnelly
A cheque for an "unheard of" amount of money has been handed to Bedford Hospital Charity and Friends (BHC&F) to support a new cutting-edge da Vinci Xi surgery robot. £27,520 was raised...
A family from Bedford has been left devastated after three members died in a tragic car accident on holiday in Italy. As reported in the Daily Mirror, Antonino Marsala...
All Everyday Heroes Awards winners 2022
Bedford's everyday heroes were celebrated last week (Thursday) in a glittering event at The Quarry Theatre on St Peter's Street in recognition of everything they do to make our borough a great place to live...
The second in our Faces of Bedford series features a social media content creator who has a staggering 1.7m followers on TikTok, meaning younger readers will instantly recognise her as Sherice Banton, while anyone over...
Sharnbrook Charity Football match poster
When Chris Lander and Daniel Billington heard of the sad passing of Mark Singleton in February and the tragic news of Nick Cook’s illness and subsequent passing, they knew that these...
Her Royal Highness The Duchess of Edinburgh flew by helicopter into Bedford yesterday (23 April) to visit a charity working with refugee women. The Duchess landed on the playing fields at Bedford Modern...