After 26 years of committed grant-making to small charities in Yorkshire, the Denton Charitable Trust has decided to wind-up its giving and merge its remaining funds with the Sir George Martin Trust.

The two West Yorkshire-based, independent funding organisations have a strong history of working together, with the Sir George Martin Trust’s former Secretary, Peter Marshall OBE, helping the Denton Charitable Trust’s Founder, Susan Wood, to set up her Trust back in 1996.

Susan said: “I’ve thoroughly enjoyed running the Trust for all these years and feel honoured to have met so many passionate, dedicated charity workers and volunteers who work tirelessly to help those in need. Over the last 12 months we have made a number of larger donations to charities which we have supported before, but we didn’t want to ‘spend-out’ completely and felt it was important to keep giving in the future. The integration with the Sir George Martin Trust is an excellent solution as we have the same ethos and are both focused on supporting disadvantaged and vulnerable people in West Yorkshire by providing grants to mainly locally-based community charities.”

Roger Marshall, Chair of the Sir George Martin Trust added: “I have known Susan for decades and the Denton Charitable Trust has done some excellent work which is very much aligned with our aims and values. We are incredibly grateful to the Denton Charitable Trust for entrusting their funds with us, especially at a time when so many local charities need more funding in order to meet increased demand. With this injection of funds, the Sir George Martin Trust can have an even greater impact and help more West Yorkshire communities and the charities which support them.”

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Carla Marshall, Trust Manager, Sir George Martin Trust; Roger Marshall, Chair, Sir George Martin Trust; Susan Wood, Founder & Chair, Denton Charitable Trust