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
Assist young people in their educational, professional or vocational training.
Encourage young people to engage in service to the local community.
Support young people to engage in worthwhile activities in other parts of the United
Kingdom and overseas.
Support the development or formation of any club or organisation catering for young
Help young people where real need can be demonstrated.
Why is the trust needed?
Unlike some towns and villages, Cheddar does not have any substantial inherited
trust funds available for distribution to such causes. It is therefore the Cheddar
Youth Trust's aim to raise a sum of money large enough so as to be able to make meaningful
annual awards to the young people of Cheddar for perpetuity.
The initial target was £100,000 but it was realised that in the long term a figure
of around £300,000 will need to be reached, depending interest generated, if if the
trust is to allocate grants each year of £5,000 or more. At present the trust is
allocating around £4,000 a year to the young people of the Cheddar parish.
The Trust has raised over £116,000 as of May 1st 2015 and provided grants of over
£25,000 to 187 young people.
Grant allocations exceed £25,000
Typically the Cheddar Youth Trust makes grants of over £4,000 per annum to around
30 applicants, helping them across a wide range of areas.
In sport, in education and training in vocational and in academic subjects, in encouraging
their service to communities here and abroad, to help where they are acting as representatives
and to help those with courage in their disabilities.
For instance, the trust has assisted Ben and Toby Attwood in competing at national
level in judo, Alice, Isaac, Jacob and Eleanor Coton with their music studies and
Sophie Green as she becomes a junior associate of the Royal Ballet.
We supported other applicants with football and taekwondo courses, helped others
with worthwhile projects to India, Mexico and Zambia and assisted another with books
And in 2013 for the first time we helped two groups working with young people. Kate
Lynch, whose Cheddar Valley Voices have sung at our events, and the Cheddar Valley
Instrument Support Group, which is backing the Ann Higgs, who has taught brass here
for more than 30 years.
In the 2 years up to the end of 2014 the Trust’s capital has grown by around £18,000
hence the Chairman's aim to reach a target of £100,000 in his lifetime has been achieved
as there is £115,000 in the base capital fund as of May 1st 2015. The plan is eventually
over the next 50 years to establish a capital fund of £300,000 and thus be able to
provide grants to Cheddar Young People of at least £5,000 each year to help them
in their education, training and community service.
Chairman of the Trustees - May 2015.
Sarah Comer Educational Charity
For more information on the Sarah Comer Educational Charity please click here.