The Harry Cureton Charitable Trust

The Harry Cureton Charitable Trust was established as a grant making charitable trust as a result of the generosity of the late Harry Cureton, who for many years lived at Eye near Peterborough.

The Trust supports health care in Peterborough and the area covered by Peterborough and Stamford hospitals. It supports both individuals requiring medical equipment and organisations who carry out health care activities.

Cambridgeshire Community Foundation manages the administration of The Harry Cureton Charitable Trust.

Applications for both capital and revenue costs for health care activities are invited covering

  • Preservation and promotion of good health and education about health issues;
  • Provision of palliative care in relation to terminal or chronic conditions; 
  • Research into the causes, treatment and care for of all forms of illness (which can be undertaken anywhere in the UK)
  • Relief and treatment of all forms of physical and mental illness and rehabilitation from such illness;

Applications for capital or revenue costs for health care activities relating to the delivery of Directed Enhanced Services (DES) will not be considered.

Criteria for grant applications

Applications are invited by medical professionals on behalf of individuals in need, or by organistions.

Criteria for grants to benefit an individual

Applications for grants to assist an individual should be made by an Occupational Therapist (or other medical professional who has knowledge of the individual's overall health and financial position).

Requests will be considered for money towards a piece of equipment or a small adaption to a home to help an individual with their disabilities.

Grants will not be made

  • where the activity could be paid for by a surgery, the NHS or another source;
  • where the grant will result in financial benefit to a person or group of people, through for example  improvements or alterations to a property;
  • to cover expenditure already incurred

While there is no limit to the size of grants the Trustees wish to spread their benefit as widely as possible and are likely to give precedence to applications for grants up to £20,000. The Trustees, however, do not wish to discourage applications for larger awards, where the applicant considers they can demonstrate a justifiable reason for a large grant.

Conditions may be attached to the awards of grants. In order to promote awareness of the Charity to enable it to bring knowledge of its work to its target audience and to acknowledge Harry Cureton's generosity, it will normally be a condition of a grant that there will be public acknowledgement of the grant incorporating the Charity's name.

For examples of funded projects see below.

Criteria for grants for an organisation

While this list is not exclusive or binding on the Trustees, they will apply the following criteria in deciding whether to award grants. Preference will be given to:

    • capital equipment rather than help with running costs;
    • grants where matching funds are available;
    • activities that will benefit the widest number of people;
    • pump priming grants, e.g. initial support for a medical post if that will lead to funding the post being taken over by the NHS.

Grants will not be made:

    • where the activity could be paid for by a surgery, the NHS or another source;
    • where the grant will result in financial benefit to a person or group of people, through for example  improvements or alterations to a property;
    • to cover expenditure already incurred

Grants may be either single grants or rolling grants.

While there is no limit to the size of grants the Trustees wish to spread their benefit as widely as possible and are likely to give precedence to applications for grants up to £20,000 in any year. The Trustees, however, do not wish to discourage applications for larger awards, where the applicant considers they can demonstrate a justifiable reason for a large grant.

Conditions may be attached to the awards of grants. In order to promote awareness of the HCCT to enable it to bring knowledge of its work to its target audience and to acknowledge Harry Cureton's generosity, it will normally be a condition of a grant that there will be public acknowledgement of the grant incorporating HCCT.

For examples of funded projects see below.

 

Example projects funded by The Harry Cureton Charitable Trust

For individuals
Peterborough Community Occupational Therapy Adult Social Care was awarded:
£3,230 towards a specialist seating 'Hydroflex armchair' for a patient with dementia.
£2,797 to purchase a JCM chair for a patient with cerebral palsy.
£4,182 towards an Hydroflex comfort care chair for a patient with cerebral palsy.
£2,069 to purchase a specialist 'Cuba chair' seating armchair for a patient with cerebral palsy and arthritis.

City Care Centre was awarded:
£997 towards a Theraply TMX Trike for a patient with downs syndrome
£1,780 to purchase a Tomcat Tiger Tricycle for a patient with cerebral palsy

For organisations
Bretton Medical Practice was awarded £2,398 to purchase a 24 hour ECG machine for patients suspected of abnormal heart rate or rhythm and £601.2 towards the purchase of an ABPI MD.
Sue Ryder was awarded £20,000 for a contribution to the capital costs of the building work Thorpe Hall, Peterborough.
Norburn Social Club was awarded £600 towards repair of a mobility scooter and purchase of a second hand mobility scooter.
Shine was awarded £10,000 towards setting up a Health and Well Being Centre to support individuals with spina bifida and hydrocephalus.
The Grange Medical Centre was awarded £2,032 to purchase a 24 hour Ambulatory Blood Pressure Machine to monitor newly diagnosed hypertensives.
Headway Cambridgeshire was awarded £2,865 to purchase of an interactive whiteboard for the Peterborough Hub.