A Trust which benefits communities within the boundaries of the old North Riding of Yorkshire.

About the Trust

Yorkshire Coutryside

In 1986, local farmer Jack Brunton, gifted funds to form the Jack Brunton Charitable Trust, which benefits the rural villages, towns and communities within boundaries of the old North Riding of Yorkshire.

The Trustees meet on a quarterly basis to consider applications. These meetings normally take place in February, May, August and November.


Derek Noble

Jim Lumb OBE

David Swallow FCA

Caroline Dickinson

Andrew Dickins BSc MRICS FAAV

Secretary and assistant Administrator Margaret Culley

Jack’s Legacy

A feild of sunflowers

Jack Brunton was a fifth-generation farmer from a North Riding of Yorkshire family. After growing up on the farm in Nunthorpe, Jack eventually took over from his father and progressed the business by buying neighbouring farms in the area.

His pedigree herd of Ayrshire cattle became his passion and he won many trophies with his animals at agricultural shows. In 1969, he bought an estate of 2800 acres in the Bilsdale area and took up the difficult challenge of hill farming.

He continued to work and help young farmers’ clubs in the region and was hugely inspired by trees. He planted a variety of species around his properties and his love of the area and its people led to the creation of the Trust.

Areas the Trust Covers

Map of the areas we cover

Organisations we have supported

While most contributions will go to established charities, all good causes will be considered and fully investigated. A list, representing the wide variety of groups/organisations that the Trust have helped, is shown below.

  • Community groups providing play equipment etc. for local children.
  • Enterprise groups empowering adults with disabilities to achieve their potential by doing valuable work in the Community.
  • Hospital depts. sourcing funds to purchase specialist equipment.
  • Animal welfare groups: PDSA, NSPCA, Blue Cross.
  • Drama societies/theatre groups/musical groups (i.e. brass bands).
  • Outdoor Centres.
  • Village Halls.
  • Mountain rescue teams.
  • Organisations supporting visually impaired people with talking & listening books.
  • Schools.
  • Accessible transport services for older people.
  • Football teams, rugby/bowls/cricket clubs requiring financial assistance to purchase equipment & kit.
  • Churches – needing help with refurbishment costs, DDA upgrades, building works etc.
  • Scouting & girlguiding groups to purchase new equipment.
  • Charities working within local communities to provide inclusive play and leisure opportunities and respite care for children and young people.
WDCSS Van which Jack Brunton Charitable Trust helped to fund

Whitby Charity

The Jack Brunton Charitable Trust received a request from Whitby & District Community Transport, for a grant. They needed the funds to be able to replace their Multiple Person Vehicle, as it was becoming unreliable and costly due to its age. They rely heavily on the vehicle as it is used to help the elderly and disabled travel around the region.

The Trustees delighted to provide a grant of £2,000 to help support the charity. In doing so, it contributed to the replacement of the unreliable vehicle with the purchase of a new Transporter mini bus, which runs at a lower cost.

Blue Cross for Pets Photo

Blue Cross

We recently received a request from the charity Blue Cross, who are known for their dedication to helping sick and injured pets. They requested a grant to pay for healthcare products for cats and dogs at the nearby home in Thirsk.

The Jack Brunton Charitable Trust were able to provide the grant of £1000.

Church Housing Trust

The Church Housing Trust

The Church Housing Trust appealed to the Jack Brunton Charitable Trust for a donation to support funds for their two residential houses. The Church Housing Trust provides rooms and support for homeless people and those suffering from the effects of substance abuse.

After careful consideration, The Jack Brunton Charitable Trust awarded a donation of £3,000 to the Trust, to help support the funds for the two housing schemes.

Yorkshire Air Ambulance

Air Ambulance

Over the years the Trustees have given donations to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance for a wide range of projects some of which are substantially larger than the example below.

The Yorkshire Air Ambulance applied for a donation to build funds to purchase patient mattresses, paramedic response bags and an engine compressor washer system.

The Jack Brunton Charitable Trust considered the request and were delighted to grant a donation of £7,500.

We will continue to support this vital, life-saving organisation.

How to Apply

If you are interested in applying for a grant from the Trust, please apply in writing, detailing your charity’s requirements.

In addition to your signed letter, please download the form below to accompany your application.


All applications will be acknowledged before and after the Trustees’ meetings.

To complete your application, please write to:

Mr D A Swallow FCA
Commercial House
Bridge Road, Stokesley
North Yorkshire TS9 5AA

Tel: 01642 711407

Please note the Trustees meet on a quarterly basis and any applications are subject to the Trustees’ final decision. Any grants awarded will be eligible for publication, via our website, for the guidance of future applicants.