From 2014 onwards grants made by the Cheddar Youth Trust in the area of sporting
achievement are awarded in the memory of Dick Edmonds a lifelong Cricketer and local
sportsman. Click here for more information
Assisting young people in their educational, professional or vocational training.
Encouraging them to engage in service within the local community.
Supporting them in engaging in worthwhile activities in other parts of the United
Kingdom and overseas.
Supporting the development or formation of any club or organisation catering for
young people's needs.
Helping young people where real need can be demonstrated.
Why is the trust needed?
Some towns and villages have inherited trust funds that mean they can make money
available to causes such as supporting young people, but unfortunately Cheddar doesn’t.
So the trust’s aim is to raise enough money to make meaningful annual awards to the
young people of Cheddar for perpetuity.
The initial target was £100,000 but ot was realised that in the long term a figure
of around £300,000 will be required, depending on interest generated, if the trust
is to allocate grants of £5,000 or more each year.
The trust is currently making grants totaling more than £3,500 a year to the young
people of the parish and since it was launched in 2000 it has developed a fund of
£122,000 and provided grants of more than £30,000 to 212 young people.
Message from the Chairman
At the Millennium, a group of like-minded people got together to form a trust fund
for the young people of Cheddar and from this meagre beginning the fund has grown
to approximately £122,000 over 16 years. Grants are made twice a year from the interest
and fundraising to help the furtherance of personal development, sport, or apprenticeships
At the AGM in July 2016 Keith Herring, our chairman and founder trustee, stepped
down from the chair and I had the privilege of taking over the mantle. I hope to
carry forward Keith’s vision of a fund worthy of the people of Cheddar of around
£300,000. This would enable the trust to provide more and larger grants and also
be available to the next generation of Cheddar young people.
Axbridge and Draycott have such trust funds that were started many years ago and
thanks to the generosity of the village people our trust continues to grow. Festive
night 2016 raised £1,400 and in 2017 the trustees are arranging a major fundraising
Race Night at the Village Hall (Church House) on October 5th.
Please support the trust by either monthly giving via a direct debit, one-off gift
or a legacy by way of your will, and this will secure the trust well into the future
for successive younger generations. Thank you.
Chairman of the Trustees - January 2017
Sarah Comer Educational Charity
For more information on the Sarah Comer Educational Charity please click here.