A CHARITY based in the town is celebrating their 600th year of contributing to the local community. 

The Richard Bannister Sandhurst Charity was first set up in 1417 during the reign of Henry V and is still going strong. 

The cause is set to help disabled people, as well as the elderly, while combating loneliness. 

Two blue plaques have been commissioned by Crowthorne Parish Council and Sandhurst Town Council, to celebrate the 600 year anniversary.

Chris Smith, Secretary and Treasurer to the Richard Bannister Sandhurst Charity, said: “It’s hard to imagine that so many great causes in our community today are benefiting from funds that were established six centuries ago.

“It’s incredibly inspiring to see the same generosity of spirit that Richard Bannister’s gift showed in 1417 in our everyday workings as an organisation. Whether it’s making sure vulnerable people aren’t lonely in their communities, or making sure people who are disabled are getting support from their neighbours, this money makes a huge difference. 

“We couldn’t do it without those who support us, whether in our day to day operations or within the local community. This milestone shows the dedication of people in Sandhurst and Crowthorne to helping the vulnerable, which has spanned six centuries, and is something to be proud of.”