This year has been a special one for The Harpur Trust. We have celebrated our 450th Anniversary with a variety of activities and projects that have benefited all parts of the community, as Sir William Harpur might have wished. You can see the highlights of these events in a special video which you will find below.
The Trust’s schools continue to be successful, offering an excellent range of academic and co-curricular opportunities to pupils. Their programme of means-tested fee assistance helps over 230 pupils benefit from the education they provide: through this and the many and varied ways they engage with the community, the schools are an integral part of the fabric of the town.
Looking forward, we hope to complete the transition of the Bedford Academy, which we are proud to sponsor, to a Multi-Academy Trust in partnership with Shortstown, Shackleton and Cauldwell primary schools.
Residents in our almshouses will shortly move to excellent new facilities on Kimbolton Road and work will start on the new retirement village in Wixams, which is being built in partnership with the Extra Care Charitable Trust.
Our grants programme remains central to our work in the community, and we aim to deliver the best possible benefit to the people of the Borough. In addition, the trustees have set aside £2,000,000 from the sale of land for our “Social Investment” initiative. We hope that this innovative way of delivering help to the community will begin to bear fruit this year.
So, despite being 450 years old, the Trust continues to develop and improve with the aim of inspiring and supporting the people of Bedford. If you would like to find out more about what we do, please do not hesitate to get in touch.
Watch a short film about our 450th anniversary
1 July 2015 to 30 June 2016
£887,288In grants awarded in Bedford Borough
£436,756Towards relief grants
£402,086Towards education grants
£21,446Towards recreation grants
The Endowment fund was valued at £84 million
In University Bursary awards to 16 local pupils
Toward maintained school uniform grants
People employed by the Trust
Spent on means-tested Harpur Trust bursary awards
Pupils were educated in our schools
Pupils received means-tested Harpur Trust bursary awards
Pupils received a free school place (full fee remission)
How we delivered public benefit as a charityRead here
A review of our 450th year as a charity here for BedfordRead our story
Full details of the grants we made in education in 2015/16Read here
Full details of the grants we made under our charitable object of relief in 2015/16Read here
Details of the recreation grants made in 2015/16Read here