History of the Trust
  • John Bothamley already had a background of helping charities by providing rent free premises and renovating accommodation for, amongst others, the Youth Hostels Association, the YMCA and Save the Children.

  • In 1996 he decided to formalise his charitable support and created Four Acre Trust, as a vehicle for providing financial support to operating charities registered in the UK.

  • Trustees, who meet four times a year, were chosen for their general and specific knowledge of the charitable and business sectors.

  • Areas of work have included supporting charities that inspire young people to grasp opportunities. Youth clubs and projects, into work schemes for disabled people, mentoring and befriending, and residential breaks.

  • Most grants have supported revenue expenses, and have backed good people able to effect change in their area of work. Much funding has been the support of salary costs.

  • Approximately 25% of funding has supported charities working in the developing world. Projects have included water, sanitation, eye and educational projects.

  • In 2010, the fund closed to new applicants.

  • Now we are working with a small number of charities who are working effectively to help the next generation make the most of their lives

  • The Trust intends closing in 2023 by which time we will have spent all our funds totalling over £40 million