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Sir Ranulph Fiennes Bt OBE

Sir James Scott Bt DL

Sir Michael Bunbury Bt KCVO DL
Sir James Pickthorn Bt
Sir Thomas Troubridge Bt

The Baronets Trust is an opportunity for baronets to make a material contribution as baronets to a better Britain. Set up over 30 years ago it has always emphasised supporting and helping young people. Over the last 10 years the trust’s focus  has sharpened as the trustees sought to make chunky  grants which have a real impact.

The first five year programme under the new dispensation was to make an annual grant of £5,000 to SSAFA ( Soldiers Sailors Air Force Association) to provide remedial holidays for the children of servicemen and women who were under the cosh in all sorts of different ways. Obviously SSAFA is a huge charity but this targeted grant, coming  at the tail end of the Iraq and Afghanistan campaigns, struck a chord with baronets who responded generously to our appeal.

We are now over half way through our second five year term. The Shannon Trust gets prisoners to teach other prisoners to read and write. Given the correlation between illiteracy and the prison population, the benefits are obvious. We started with an annual grant of £5,000 but , following good investment performance and with faith in the continued generosity of baronets, have now been able to ramp this up to £10,000 a year.

Although we still have a couple more years with the Shannon Trust we are starting the process of  looking for a successor charity which can place an emphasis on youth, is national and yet small enough for £10,000 a year to make a difference. All ideas gratefully received.

In 1985 a group of Baronets launched a charity exclusive to members of the Baronetage. The intention was to provide an opportunity to Baronets to make a meaningful contribution to society. The opportunity to give collegially has struck a chord with an increasing number of Baronets and continues to do so today.

Initially grants were made to organisations and institutions for expenditure on capital items, e.g. buildings and equipment in the medical field primarily for the diagnosis and treatment of sick, disabled and disadvantaged children.

Examples were: the Children’s Trust at Tadworth, Surrey, The Children’s Unit at Edinburgh Hospital and the Children’s Liver Unit at Birmingham Hospital. Grants have also been made to Harefield Hospital, the Treloar Trust to provide equipment to enable children with severe speech impediment to communicate and the Radcliffe Children’s hospital, Oxford, to provide a HI LO bath and hoist (known as the Baronets Bath).

More recently grants have been made to the Rockinghorse Appeal, Brighton, providing a protected outdoor play area, which Consultants use to assess the treatment needs of patients in a less formal atmosphere than a Consulting Room; to the Sea Shell Trust, Manchester, to provide mobile hoists to allow the lifting of disabled children, in wheel chairs, onto their stage, thus allowing them to take part in drama presentations, from which they were previously excluded; to Stubber’s Adventure Centre, Upminster, Essex to provide a specially designed sailing boat and sets of protective clothing to be used by disabled and disadvantaged children and their carers, from the London area, to receive sailing tuition, thus enhancing their self esteem.

In April 2010 the Trustees launched an initiative at a reception at 2 Temple Place to encourage Baronets to support the Trust by providing a legacy to the Trust in their Will. The reception was fully funded by specific donations from regular donors, the Bulldog Trust, and a corporate donor. Those who attended were very supportive of the idea but, of course, tangible results will only be known over time.

In April 2011 the Trustees decided to shift their focus from the support of institutions and made a £5000 p.a. grant, to be repeated for five years, to SSAFA (Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association) towards the cost of respite holidays for the sick/disabled  and/or disadvantage children of service personnel – who may  themselves be disabled, thereby providing respite to the parents and siblings. To this end, a special appeal was made to all SCB members. The resulting donations and interest generated have been particularly gratifying to the Trustees. 

As a result, in 2012, a specialised holiday was provided by SSAFA Forces Help for disabled children and children with additional needs from Service families. Twenty one children were able to take part.  The holidays for children with additional needs and disabilities provided life enhancing opportunities for all the young people and volunteers involved, whilst enabling the rest of the family to have a well deserved break from the rigors of meeting the needs of their most dependent member.

SSAFA also ran a further holiday for Siblings and Young Carers, which 25 children attended. The latter holiday provided respite to a group of very deserving Service children whose everyday lives are occupied with accommodating the needs and demands of a brother or sister who has a significant disability or additional need, or in supporting the care of an adult who has complex needs.

In 2013 SSAFA incorporated sessions which encouraged the children to open up and discuss their feelings about their family situation and how these holidays are of benefit.  SSAFA has recently produced its final report on the impact of the Baronets Trust’s support over the last five years (2015 SSAFA Report ).

Owing to  the continued support from those donating to the Trust we are there to lend a helping hand.

Until such time as growth returns to financial markets, the Trustees do not wish to dip into the trust’s Capital, so must depend on interest and further donations to continue to make grants. They invite Baronets, who do not already do so, to support the work of their Trust. While one-off donations are gratefully received, and acknowledged, it is hoped that donors will feel able to sign a Bankers’ Order for an annual contribution.

A signed Gift Aid Declaration enhances any donation by 25% at no cost to the donor but is available only if the donor pays UK Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax, at least of the amount the Trust will claim in the tax year.

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The Secretary to the Trustees is:

Mrs Mary Holloway-Neville
6 Victoria Place, Epsom, Surrey, KT17 1BY   

Tel: 01372 723453

Standing Council of the Baronetage

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