There are so many ways you can help The Country Trust to reach even more disadvantaged children. We receive no government funding and so are completely reliant on the generosity of our supporters.
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“You have given me the best day of my life, I learnt so much and it made me very happy – I mean it”
London Primary school pupil on attending a Suffolk Residential
Making a regular financial donation, of any size, helps us to plan ahead with confidence to provide inspiring activities and programmes for the children who need them most.
Our lovely supporter James Tanner, gives a regular monthly donation to The Country Trust. Recently he was invited on a Farm Discovery visit with us to Tiptree Farm in Essex. He got to see first-hand how his donation is used and the difference his money is making.
Could you be like James and help us fund more visits to the working countryside for disadvantaged children?
- £3 a month enables two disadvantaged children to experience a Farm Discovery Day
- £10 a month allows The Country Trust to support two inner city children to go and stay in the countryside on a Countryside Discovery residential visit.
- £26 a month is enough to pay for two children to learn to grow, cook and visit farms on a Food Discovery programme for a whole year
- £500 will fully fund a trip to a farm, where up to 40 children can spend a transformative day learning about where their food comes from
- £5,000 will fund a Food Discovery project for a whole year
*based on an average class size of 30
Over the next few years, we aim to double the number of disadvantaged children who have the opportunity to experience the wonders of our working countryside. With a one off donation you can help us to provide more amazing adventures.
“It was such an amazing adventure, maybe a once in a lifetime adventure? Who knows?”
Yr4 pupil from Our Lady of Victories Primary School – visiting Yorkshire Dales
- £10 enables one child to learn to cook a simple, healthy meal through our Food Discovery programme.
- £30 gives two children a hands on experience of a real working farm.
- £50 funds a transformational Countryside Discovery residential visit for one child.
- Every donation makes a visible difference to the children who need our help most.
You can help children to build the rich bank of experiences that most of us take for granted by organising your own fundraising event. Whether a bake sale, sponsored walk, skydive, clay pigeon shoot or barn dance, you can support us and have fun at the same time. We can provide you with materials such as downloadable posters and sponsorship forms, help you put together a press release and our Fundraising Manager is available for 1:1 support.
Check out our A-Z of fundraising ideas, our top 10 fundraising tips or CONTACT US.
Often people choose to donate to charity in memory of a loved one, or ask for a donation instead of flowers at a funeral. It can be a wonderful and positive way to remember someone and celebrate their life, whilst supporting a good cause. Maybe your treasured memory is of them being in the countryside, toiling on an allotment, working on a farm, or teaching, and you feel their life resonates with our aims. If you would like to donate to the The Country Trust in memory, or would simply like more information, please do not hesitate to CONTACT US for support.
Help leave a lasting legacy by including a gift in your will to The Country Trust. When writing a will, we understand your first concern is to look after family and friends. But once you’ve taken care of your loved ones, please consider letting your values and passions live on by leaving a legacy to The Country Trust. Remembering us in your will is a wonderful gift of generosity, which will have a lasting impact on the lives of many children. CONTACT US for more information on leaving a legacy to The Country Trust.
You can read about life-long Country Trust supporter, Hunter Adair here. He explains why he believes leaving a legacy pledge to his favourite charity will make a real difference to children's lives.
“I have seen anxious children with very low self esteem begin to blossom – as though experiencing freedom for the first time, they return to school with a new interest and sense of pride that they have accomplished something special.”
Liz Siwek, Assistant Headteacher, St Anne’s Catholic Primary School, Keighley
The Country Trust welcomes the support and engagement of companies who understand the value of supporting our work, in bringing the working countryside alive for children.
Working in partnership with The Country Trust can bring real benefits to your company and your employees, boost staff morale, engage your clients or customer base, provide PR and marketing opportunities, raise your profile within the local community, help you to meet your Corporate Social Responsibility goals and much more.
"The work The Country Trust does in bringing alive the working countryside for children living in urban areas, usually from disadvantaged backgrounds, has a profound and positive lasting effect on them. Openfield and our colleagues are aligned to the vision of The Country Trust and we are proud to support such a worthy cause".
Sarah Bell, Head of Supply Chain, Openfield
Click here to read some case studies about people involved with The Country Trust and how their work makes a big difference in the lives of the children we work with.
And there are so many different ways to engage with us:
• Direct Sponsorship
• Employee fundraising
• Matched giving
• Staff volunteering
• Cause-related marketing
• Corporate membership scheme
• Gifts in Kind – products, time, expertise
We welcome the support of any company that meets our ethical policy. We are particularly keen to work with companies in the areas of food production, farming, agro-science, food retail, food packaging and distribution, and education, and our aim is to build partnerships with a deep mutual benefit.
Currently in development, companies will be able to support our work through this unique and simple scheme, which links your company donation directly to our projects. For example an annual ‘Gold’ membership of £5,000 can enable over 330 children to experience a Farm Discovery day OR it can sponsor an entire school class to benefit from a full year of Food Discovery.
Every company is different, with varying needs and requirements and here at The Country Trust we are lucky to have an experienced team who would work with you to develop a charity partnership that really adds value to your business and your employee engagement. CONTACT US for more information on how your company, staff and customers could get involved in supporting The Country Trust.
As a registered charity focused on educating and inspiring children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds about food, farming and the countryside, with low running costs and clear, tangible outcomes, we are closely aligned with the objectives of many charitable trusts in the UK. In 2015 donations from charitable trusts and grant giving bodies accounted for 75% of our income. Quite simply without the support of so many charitable trusts, large and small, our transformational work would not exist.
We are enormously grateful to our funders, including Postcode Community Trust, The Westminster Foundation and The Lance Coates 1969 Trust. Click here to read how Charitable Trust donations have helped The Country Trust’s work in the past 5 years.
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CONTACT US if you are interested in your charitable trust making a donation to support the work of The Country Trust and would like to speak to or meet with a member of our team, we would also be delighted to arrange for you to see our work in action.
Our Dig Deeper campaign is a way that you can help to raise money to provide inspiring educational visits for schools in deprived urban towns and cities. Find out more here