Where We Have Helped 2018-03-06T10:52:40+00:00


The charities are able to make educational grants to individuals, schools and communities, as well as ecclesiastical grants to clergy and churches, all within clearly defined geographical areas.



was attacked by arsonists at the end of their 2011 season. The changing rooms were burnt to the ground and all their equipment was lost, down to the last ball.
The Lady Elizabeth Hastings Educational Charity immediately contacted the club and led the campaign to rebuild the facilities with the offer of a £5,400 grant. This was matched by the England and Wales Cricket Board, enabling the acquisition of a new pavilion, which was opened in time for the 2012 season.


had an important outdoor equipment project which the Local Education Authority was unable to fund. They were awarded a grant of £12,000, which made sure the project became a reality. When the charities heard that a special needs pupil at the school was having problems interacting with other children at playtime, they made a further grant of £600 to buy additional equipment that made all the difference to her.


was a talented teenager who wanted to become a stone carver. His parents could not afford to buy him tools or support him through college and an apprenticeship. He was awarded an educational grant, excelled in his craft and went on to carve stone at Buckingham Palace and the Houses of Parliament. He eventually became the Dean of a college in the United States and wrote to say that none of this would have been possible without the help of the charities.


in the North of England was diagnosed with terminal cancer and given a few months to live. He yearned to return to Paris, where he had honeymooned with his wife, but was very short of funds. He mentioned this to his Bishop, who contacted the charities and funding was found for the holiday. After his death, his widow described it as one of the happiest times of their lives.


following a grant awarded by the charity, the Friends of Bardsey Primary School were able to transform their library to create a vibrant space for the children to enjoy.


335 years on from Lady Betty’s birth the charity decided it was time to have a small celebration to mark the occasion.  This is how we did it, with the help of John Sentamu, the Archbishop of York.

Pupils from schools associated with Lady Betty joined other supporters at Ledsham Church for a service in celebration of her life – a life lived so long ago but one that keeps on giving.

In the words of the Archbishop “The Trust does amazing work and I am so grateful that Lady Hastings’ Christ-centred life and generosity is still having a transforming effect in the locality, all these years later”.

The Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu with children from Year 6
Lady Elizabeth Hastings Church of England Primary School Ledston