Trust Newsletter – October 2016

GBCT’s latest newsletter is now available. You can read it below or download it, with full pictures, in PDF here.

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  •  Latest News


 Ulverston Inshore Rescue’s New 4×4

Earlier in 2016 we were pleased to announce a grant of £4000 to Ulverston Inshore Rescue, to support the purchase of a new 4×4 vehicle for their search and rescue operations. The new vehicle is now in operation, complete with its own unique GB sticker! You can keep up to date with the work of the Ulverston team via their Facebook page.

Community Outreach in Englefield Green

GBCT attended July’s Englefield Green Village Fair to spread the word about the new Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) being installed at the Cooper’s Hill Recreation Ground. The Cooper’s Hill CPAD is the third that GBCT has supported. Matthew Leopold, Nat Johnson, Zoe Lawrenson, Ian Cressey and Vivian Bairstow provided first aid demonstrations to members of the community, giving them the opportunity to familiarise with a CPAD, and used GBCT’s new display banners and leaflets to raise awareness of GBCT activities. The Trustees would like to thank Exxon Mobil for their grant that enabled the purchase of the banners and leaflets.

  •  Updates from Grant Recipients


 We were delighted to hear that Isabel Negri has become the 50,000th recipient of the John Muir Award in Wales. In our March newsletter, we announced that GBCT had made a grant of £1500 to the John Muir Trust to support the expansion of the award in Wales. You can read the full article on the John Muir Trust’s website

The third GBCT supported Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD) has been unveiled in George’s home village of Englefield Green on Sunday 25 September. The CPAD is located at the Cooper’s Hill Recreation Grounds, which hosts the Cooper’s Hill Tennis Club and Manorcrofts United Junior Football Club. The CPAD will not only benefit the members of those sports clubs and those visiting for matches in the various different competitions, the football club welcomes some 2000+ people over the weekend of its very popular tournament at the end of May, but is also available to serve the surrounding community. The football club also holds training events for the Surrey Football Association. Vivian and Maria Bairstow were delighted to join the Major of Runnymede in unveiling the new CPAD.

GBCT recently provided a grant of £775 to The Chatterbox Project in Manchester, to enable it to deliver a paediatric first aid course for twelve local young parents. The Project offers a range of community services and activities and approached GBCT for funding after a number of young parents asked them for help in gaining first aid training, which they couldn’t afford to attend elsewhere. The  Chatterbox team selected a course that met Ofsted standards for early years’ care, with the aim of also supporting the young parents working towards a career in early years’ care to take their first steps towards meeting that goal.

We’re delighted to hear that GBCT’s grant to CRIMINON, which provides distance learning opportunities to serving prisoners and ex-offenders, has enabled a further 56 young offenders at HMYOI Swinfen Hall in Staffordshire to begin a CRIMINON programme and 20 of the participants have already completed it. We look forward to sharing more updates from CRIMINON in our future newsletters.

  •  Recently Awarded Grants


Ahoy Shipmates! GBCT are delighted to announce a grant of £7800 to the Ahoy Centre in south-east London. Ahoy is a watersports based charity, which aims to change people’s lives and build life skills through sailing and rowing. Offering opportunities for disadvantaged and at-risk young people, GBCT’s grant will support the training of six Ahoy Shipmates. Attaining Shipmate Gold and the Royal Yachting Association Assistant Instructor qualifications, the Shipmates then volunteer and support weekly activities for other members. At present about 50 young people participate in weekly activities, alongside over 40 training to be Shipmates.

Flying High is GBCT’s reputation as a supporter of community emergency aid provision. One grant has been made to the Great   Western Air Ambulance Charity (GWAA) to support their new community initiative. Great Western Heart Start will provide training in the use of CPR and AEDs to schools and   colleges in the area. Delivered by GWAA’s critical care team, with the support of volunteers, the programme is anticipated to reach 800 12-18 year old students in its first year. The  Trustees have awarded a grant of £4600 to enable GWAA to buy the training equipment  For those who don’t know, George was a big supporter of the British Heart Foundation’s Heartstart course, helping to deliver the course to hundreds of Durham University students.

A second grant of £1600 has been made to the East Anglian Air Ambulance Charity (EAAA) to support their staff and volunteer first aid training programme. GBCT’s grant will allow the EAAA to become an accredited training centre, providing a cost effective approach of training all of their 100+ strong team of staff and volunteers. One of EAAA’s volunteers recently provided vital first aid whilst out in the community representing the charity, and the EAAA now aims to train all of its staff and volunteers in first aid.

The third grant to be made also supports emergency aid and volunteering. A grant of £450 has been made to the parish of All Saints in Weston, which runs a busy community site used by over a 1000 people per week. Having successfully applied for a defibrillator (AED) from the British Heart Foundation, GBCT’s grant will support a member of staff attending a full First Aid at Work and AED training course, which will also enable them to run monthly CPR training sessions in the community.

Lastly, a grant of £860 has been made to the parish of Willerby, in North Yorkshire, towards the cost of a Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD). The Willerby CPAD will be the third GBCT supported CPAD in the Brompton-by-Sawdon area of North Yorkshire.

  • About the Trust


The GBCT was set up in March 2014 in memory of George Bairstow and exists so that the difference George made to people’s lives can continue.

George was committed to charitable work and lived his life to help others. He died in November 2013 in a car accident, returning home from a volunteer duty with St John Ambulance on Bonfire Night.

The GBCT’s goal is to empower communities to make a difference by providing grants in support of: the provision of emergency aid; volunteering among young people; and the enhancement of skills among young people.

  •  You can make a difference….


We are looking for volunteers to join our Fundraising and Outreach Committee. The Committee presents a great opportunity to get involved with the Trust on a flexible basis and support the Trustees in expanding GBCT’s activities. Highlights for the committee include organising the GBCT Cake Bake and creating GBCT’s first Christmas cards.

Whatever skills and ideas you can bring they would be welcomed. We would love to hear from you via and we’ll send you more information.


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Supporting the Enhancement of Skills – Recent Grants


The Trust aims to empower local communities to make a difference. George was only 26, but he was a young man who had managed to squeeze so many things into his short life. From ski instructor to St John Ambulance volunteer; top class photographer to brilliant baker, George developed an array of skills and the Trust aims to empower local communities around the UK to support other UK young people in enhancing their skills.


GBCT is supporting the Black E Project in Liverpool to run a ten session cookery skills and nutrition course for around 16 young people. The Black E was launched in 1968 as the UK’s first community arts project and today provides a range of youth arts and education opportunities in the community. George was both an enthusiastic and excellent cook and baker, so the GBCT is delighted to be able to support this initiative with a grant of £1800.


The John Muir Award is an educational initiative that delivers opportunities for outdoor learning, conservation volunteering and skills development to young people. The John Muir Trust is currently expanding access to the award in Wales with an aim to enable a further 6000 young people to participate. GBCT is proud to be supporting this initiative with a £1500 grant that will enable the training of additional providers.


A grant of over £1600 is being made to CRIMINON, a charity that works with young offenders to assist them in their education and rehabilitation so that they can make a positive contribution to society. GBCT’s grant will be used to fund further provision of CRIMINON’s highly regarded distance learning courses that cover a range of subjects including: reading and learning skills; self-respect and confidence; and problem solving. The Trustees understand from reviewing this application that nearly 50% of young offenders have no school qualifications at all, so are pleased to support this initiative and the young people involved in developing a range of skills that may often be taken for granted.

You can keep up to date with these projects and others on our social media – Facebook and Twitter.

Supporting Volunteering – Recent Grants

The Trust aims to empower local communities to make a difference. One of the ways in which GBCT enables this is through supporting volunteering among young people. George was a great supporter of St John Ambulance’s LINKS (student) units and was a role model for many of their members.


GBCT is proud to be continuing George’s great work with young people and in furthering awareness of life saving first aid skills, by supporting Young Kent. A grant of £1500 has been made to enable the charity to deliver five of their ‘How to Save a Life’ sessions, which teach young people how to deal with every day first aid and emergency situations. In addition, a number of peer educators will be trained on the GBCT supported courses, which will help the charity in achieving their aim of training up to 3000 young people across the county. GBCT’s First Aid Outreach Coordinators are currently exploring how GBCT volunteers may also be able to help in delivery of the sessions, any GBCT supporters who would be interested in volunteering should contact Kat Stoner/Mel Watson via


GBCT is also supporting the next generation of leaders in Bolton, funding 14 places on a Young Leaders Course at the Bolton Lads and Girls Club (BLGC) with a £1000 grant. BLGC is one of the biggest youth centres in the UK, with a membership of over 8000 children and young people. Following a successful pilot, BLGC is expanding its Young Leaders Project to train more young leaders to support the wide variety of activities that take place at the Club. GBCT Trustee Ian Cressey recently visited the Club and met a number of the young leaders and the Project Leader who were supporting the Junior Club for 8 to 12 year olds. The young leaders were running various activities, including arts, crafts, games and sports – the members were clearly having a great afternoon. It was also evident how much the young leaders were gaining from the experience of working with the young people, BLGC staff and supporters like GBCT. For example, young leaders Charlotte and Olivia led an extremely professional and informative tour of BLGC’s facilities. GBCT is proud to be supporting expansion of the project and the Trustees look forward to sharing updates on how the GBCT supported young leaders are progressing.

BLGC Young Leaders

GBCT Trustee Ian Cressey meets BLGC’s Young Leaders and project staff (From left to right: Young Leaders Charlotte and Alex; GBCT Trustee Ian; BLGC Young Leaders Coordinator Liam; Young Leaders Olivia and Ruqayyah).


You can keep up to date with these projects and others on our social media – Facebook and Twitter.


Supporting Emergency Aid – Recent Grants

The Trust aims to empower local communities to make a difference. One of the ways in which GBCT supports this is through the provision of emergency aid. George had a passion for this, he was an active St John Ambulance volunteer and also worked for St John as the lead manager for the Lord Mayor of London’s AED Project.


GBCT’s latest grant is to Ulverston Inshore Rescue in Cumbria. A grant of £3000 has been made to support the purchase of a new off-road vehicle to launch the lifeboat. The service was set up in 2002 following tragic deaths in Morecombe Bay and the service’s original vehicle is in need of replacement. The new vehicle will double as an ambulance and enable the team to launch their boat over a larger area, helping to mitigate a recent reduction in Coastguard provision in the area, and improve the chances of survival for those who get into difficulty in the Bay.


GBCT also continues to support the provision of Community Public Access Defibrillators (CPADs). Having successfully supported the installation of CPADs in the North Yorkshire villages of Brompton-by-Sawdon and Snainton in 2015, George’s home village of Englefield Green in Surrey is the latest recipient of a GBCT grant to support the installation of a CPAD. A grant has been made to the Coopers Hill Recreational Trust to install a CPAD at their pavilion, to be available for use by sports teams using their busy facilities and by the local community.

The Trustees look forward to being able to share pictures of both projects very soon.

 You can keep up to date with these projects and others on our social media – Facebook and Twitter.


Snainton Village AED Installed

GBCT is delighted to have enabled the provision of a second Community Public Access Defibrillator (CPAD), through a grant to the North Yorkshire village of Snainton. Jointly funded by GBCT and Snainton Parish Council, the new CPAD was officially unveiled on Sunday 15 November 2015. It was great to see so many local residents at the initial awareness session, and Snainton Village Hall will be hosting another session in the New Year.


Snainton Collage





GBCT fund leadership course for deaf children

During August, the GBCT were delighted to offer a grant to the National Deaf Children’s Society to support their Young Leader’s Course.

The Young Leaders Course combined activities and key skills training for 9 deaf young people aged 16-18.  They developed their leadership skills and learnt to work in and lead groups. The young people used their new skills to lead sessions for the other children attending the venue.

The course resulted in those 9 deaf young people gaining a qualification in Level One Award in Sports Leadership. In the long term, these changes will help the young people to manage the challenges associated with their deafness and to have a greater quality of life. The young people have increased levels of confidence and self-esteem and raised expectations for what they can achieve. They learnt new skills and made new friends, resulting in increased confidence.

These deaf young people, by gaining a qualification, have increased their employability. Successes achieved over the week have shown the young people that when they have confidence in their own abilities, they can achieve their goals.

The parents of the young people, shared superb feedback:

“xx had the most amazing time. I would like to say a huge thank you from us all and I know he will cherish the week that he has just had. Once again a huge thank you to you all for just helping to make my son feel like a normal child. The work that you all do is just amazing. A huge thanks.”

The National Deaf Children Society said: “Many, many thanks to all of the Trustees at the George Bairstow Charitable Trust, and their fundraisers, for supporting deaf young people across England.”