The Jim Laker Fund was set up in 1997 following Jim’s unexpectedly early death the previous year. He was the Managing Director of Exmoor Ales and inspiration behind WestFest, Wiveliscombe’s beer and music festival. Friends and business colleagues set up the fund in his memory to continue the tradition of support for local community organisations in need of help. Small grants (usually up to £500), interest free loans and grants against loss are available from the fund, as well as practical support and advice. During the twenty two years of the JLF’s existence it has raised £57,000 for local causes.
All money raised by the JLF is put back into the community through application to the Jim Laker Fund.