The concept of establishing a charitable Foundation was started in 2006 by Charles Trace, whilst he was Chief Operating Officer of UK vending operator company, Coffee Point.

Coffee Point were passionate about their Corporate Social Responsibilities, supporting active visits to a number of orphanages in both Bulgaria and South Africa and promoting the vision of Fair Trade with industry suppliers.

Through Guy and Roger Bellamy, Charles and Coffee Point became involved with the Lily of the Valley project and Makuputo Orphanage in Pietermaritzburg, South Africa. Supported by Coffee Point, Guy helped install a computer school in the Lily community hall – and donors funds were able to help build a football pitch and provide medicine, clothing and food supplies.

A number of new and larger projects were taken on in 2007 and the Foundation became a registered charity, to formalise the on-going work of projects. A Board of Trustees and Directors was formed, involving interested parties from the vending and catering industry and the name Point Foundation was chosen as an acknowledgement to Coffee Point’s ethical legacy.

In May 2008, Point Foundation was delighted when Sally Gunnell OBE accepted the role of Patron and became personally involved with projects and fundraising. Today, Point Foundation remains committed to raising funds and providing direct support for their projects. Around 2500 vulnerable or orphaned children in Rwanda and South Africa are currently being assisted.

Now a well-established charity, the Point Foundation have also developed many working relationships with other national and international organisations