Recent Grants

Examples of organisations that have benefited from the Trust

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A recent £7000 grant from the Trust has been awarded to WASH Sailability , a charity that introduces the freedom and excitement of sailing to those with physical, mental or sensory disabilities.

WASH Sailability


My WiSH, which supports West Suffolk Hospital received £7,000 towards the purchase a Sentimag machine to enhance the care of breast cancer patients.

My WiSH


R.E.A.C.T a grant of £5,000 for equipment for terminally ill children in
financially disadvantaged families in West Suffolk.
The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - a grant of £11,624, made up of £5,150
to fund a Creative Song writing Project and £6,474 to cover next year’s access
performances for those with sight and hearing impairment.
A one off grant to
Upbeat Heart Support of £5250 for the cost of one Cardiac nurse for a year.
British Red Cross - £2,400 for the purchase of eight new wheel chair for the
use of the community of West Suffolk
Suffolk Disability Care Fund which is administered through the Suffolk
Foundation received £15,000 to be used for grants for equipment for disabled
individuals in West Suffolk.
Bury St Edmunds & West Suffolk Samaritans – towards volunteer training
costs & office equipment.
Gatehouse a grant of £2356 for the refurbishment of two consulting rooms for
use by those suffering from dementia and their carers.
Macmillan Cancer Support - £10,000 to go towards the charity’s grants that
they make to individuals on low incomes and suffering from cancer in West
Suffolk.
West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind - £15,000 for the extension
of their “Befriending” project in West Suffolk for a further 18 months.
Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) a grant of £5,000 to cover the shortfall
for the purchase of a new Rapid Response Vehicle.
My Wish Charity a grant of £7,000 towards the purchase of a SentiMag
machine, for the use of the breast care at West Suffolk Hospital.
St Nicholas Hospice a grant of £5,568.68 for the purchase of 4 Julia Oska MOD
reclining chairs.

Bury St Edmunds & West Suffolk Samaritans - towards volunteer training costs & office equipment.


Gatehouse - a grant of £2356 for the refurbishment of two consulting rooms for use by those suffering from dementia and their carers.


Macmillan Cancer Support - £10,000 to go towards the charity’s grants that they make to individuals on low incomes and suffering from cancer in West Suffolk.


West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind - £15,000 for the extension of their “Befriending” project in West Suffolk for a further 18 months.


Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) - a grant of £5,000 to cover the shortfall for the purchase of a new Rapid Response Vehicle.


St Nicholas’ Hospice - a grant of £5,568.68 for the purchase of 4 Julia Oska MOD reclining chairs.


Suffolk Community Foundation - £15,000 for Suffolk Disability Care Fund which provides specialist disability equipment to individuals and families in West Suffolk.


Southgate Community Partnership received £1,734 to purchase an Automated External Defibrillator for Southgate Community Centre, Bury St Edmunds.  


Bury St Edmunds & West Suffolk Samaritans - a grant of £7,200 has been made towards the cost of rental of premises and outreach in 2015.


Eden-Rose Coppice Trust offers a safe private outdoor woodland site in Sudbury for those with disabilities and tranquillity for the terminally ill. A grant of £4,000 was made for the addition of a mains power supply for lighting, refreshment facilities and wheelchair charging in December 2014. 


Gatehouse - a grant for £5,000 for the refurbishment of their kitchen at their Day centre for the frail elderly.


Suffolk Accident Rescue Service (SARS) - a grant of £6,500 for the upgrading of their monitoring equipment used by specialist responders who attend patients who suffer serious trauma or medical illnesses in the West Suffolk area.


Suffolk West Citizen’s Advice Bureau - a grant of £23,548 to pilot a project in G.P. Surgeries where a referral from a GP or healthcare professional confirms that the referral is being made on the basis that the matters being referred to the CAB for advice are directly contributing to the medical problems of the patient.  


Suffolk Mind - a grant of £11,693 in order to cover set up and equipment costs for ‘Get Up and Grow’, which is an Ecotherapy project designed to help isolated individuals improve their physical and mental wellbeing and build emotionally resilience through being active outdoors.  Get Up and Grow will be based upon two allotments at Cotton Lane and the Mildenhall Estate, Bury St Edmunds.

In 2014 we granted them £14,985 for bursaries to enable those in West Suffolk, on a low income, to access their telephone counselling service.


REACT - a grant of £5,000 for equipment for terminally ill children in financially disadvantaged families in West Suffolk.


The Theatre Royal, Bury St Edmunds - a grant of £11,624, made up of £5,150 to fund a Creative Song writing Project and £6,474 to cover next year’s access performances for those with sight and hearing impairment. 

It was awarded a grant of £9,810.42 to enable them to offer proper provision within their programme for 2015, for sight and hearing impaired individuals to fully enjoy the Theatre Royal.

In 2013, £5,722 was awarded in 2013 for the Costume Creators Project where young people with learning difficulties help to create costumes for theatre productions.


A “one off” grant to Upbeat Heart Support of £5250 for the cost of one Cardiac nurse for a year. 


British Red Cross - £2,400 for the purchase of eight new wheel chair for the use of the community of West Suffolk


Less recently, grants have been given to:

West Suffolk Headway – more info

Suffolk Befriending Scheme 

Green Light Trust – more info

West Suffolk Hospital Charity

Forget-me-not Dementia Campaign – more info

Arthrose Appeal 

Lark Valley Community First Responders 

Motor Neurone Disease Association

West Suffolk Voluntary Association for the Blind

Workwisemore info

The Papworth Trust 

Avenues East

St Nicholas’ Hospice

Hillside Special School

Macmillan Nurses

Age UK

Suffolk Deaf Association