Who we are
George Bisson Mrs Bisson
Mrs Bisson's (the mother of George Bisson) maiden name was Bosdet. He setup the Foundation in memory of her.
In January 1989, the late George Bisson transferred the Quennevais Camp site (now Les Ormes) and the surrounding properties to the Bosdet Foundation The principal aim of the foundation has been to help people in need in Jersey. Funds for distribution to local charities have since been raised through the development of the Les Ormes leisure facilities and the revenue from the property portfolio.
The Property portfolio generates most of the revenue that is distributed. This currently includes 68 self-catering units (with 142 bedrooms sleeping up to 348), seven two bedroom staff flats, and nine residential houses. Over the last few years we have foundation to distribute.
Included in the property portfolio are a number of concessions based at Les Ormes such as the Creepy Valley High Rope Adventure Centre, Jersey Sports Injury Clinic, Golf Pro Shop and Indoor Driving Range, Lacerta Bar and Restaurant, Bonita Hair Salon, and Le Mourier Swim School.
The Sports facilites based at Les Ormes consist of a nine-hole golf course, three indoor football pitches, four netball / tennis courts, and a gym. Les Ormes is also home to the Island netball association. The facilities are also used for corporate events, schools’ activities and a range of children’s parties. The activities by Les Ormes have extended to other Island locations and have included climbing, abseiling and coasteering. Whereas government sports facilities on the Island are subsidised by the taxpayer, the facilities at Les Ormes return a surplus back to the community.
The sports facilities are specifically part of the Foundation’s remit to provide leisure at Les Ormes.
We distribute funds to a host of charitable organisations in Jersey each year.
Among the large scale projects we have supported are Maison St. Brelade and the Jersey Marine Lake at West Park.
The Foundation donated £500,000 to the redevelopment of the Maison St Brelade residential home and in 2014 we agreed to fund the revival of the Jersey Marine Lake, which was built in Queen Victoria’s Jubilee year and is one of the largest sea pools/marine lakes in the British Isles.
Funds have also been distributed to a wide variety of charitable organisations including the Jersey Sea Cadets, Jersey Cheshire Homes, Brighter Futures, Women’s Refuge and the Jersey Instrumental Service Youth Big Band. Families and individuals can also benefit.
Also during 2014, we reviewed our long term charitable strategy in light of anticipated increased funds which will be available to distribute from 2015 onwards thanks to the success of our selfcatering and sporting facilities.
Unfortunately, the Foundation cannot give to off Island causes. In 2015 we will not be considering any new Student Loan or Grant applications.