CYT Chairman, Keith Herring’s TV celebrity and comedian son Richard hosts the trust’s
Promises Auction on 17th May 2013, see the CYT news column on the right hand side
of this page for more information.
Cheddar Youth Trust is the new name of the the Cheddar Young People's Millennium
Trust, a charity that was established in 2000 to mark the new millennium.
The Trust's purpose is to help and encourage the young people of Cheddar to take
great pride in their community and their own endeavours, to:
Over £3000 raised ...
The Cheddar Youth Trust’s Promises Auction held at Church House on Friday 17th May
was great success. Nearly 100 people were entertained by comedian, TV celebrity -
and excellent part time auctioneer - Richard Herring who gave up the opportunity
to host a prestigious London awards ceremony to support the CYT.
The trustees would like to thank the generosity of the audience, who also enjoyed
an excellent Ploughman’s, as well as the many individuals and businesses who so generously
donated “promises” therefore making the evening possible.
The Cheddar Youth Trust presents their
Promises Auction hosted by comedian and TV celebrity Richard Herring.
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 £2,000 a year to the young people of the Cheddar parish.
The Trust has raised over £85,000 as of January 1st 2013 and provided grants of over
£15,000 to 140 young people.
Grant allocations reach £15,000
In the past 18 months the Cheddar Youth Trust has made grants of more than £4,000
to 29 applicants to help 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 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 18 months up to the end of 2012 the Trust has received over £7,500 in unsolicited
and much appreciated donations. The Chairman's aim to reach a target of £100,000
in his lifetime is nudging ever closer as there is over £85,000 in the base capital
fund as of January 1st 2013. 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
Chairman of the Trustees
Sarah Comer Educational Charity
For more information on the Sarah Comer Educational Charity please click here.