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Violet Chapman Trust

Can the Violet Chapman Trust Help You?

The Violet Chapman Trust was set up and registered by a local parishioner, Mrs Violet Chapman, in 1986 (Registered Charity No. 299996). Its aims are to “pay towards any charitable purposes connected with the physical or mental health of the residents of all ages who live in the Blackdown Hills and the surrounding area (the extent of which the Trustees will decide) for which provision is not made from public funds or resources”.

The Trust makes grants for medical treatment and care and assists relatives/friends visiting and caring for people at home or in hospital. Grants can also be made for research. It can also help provide medical treatment and equipment that benefits patients in their home or other environments that they may be in.

The Charity, when giving grants, normally expects the recipients to contribute to the cost in order that they, the Charity, can help more people by allocating their limited funds to as many as possible.

Many referrals to the Trust are made by the doctors, nurses and health visitors of the Blackdown Practice, and we also receive requests from the Blackdown Support Group, churches, chapels and schools, including play schools, where we have supported early learning initiatives.

Should you be aware of anyone who is ill and whose visitors find it difficult to visit them or provide care for them we would ask you to inform the patient of this Trust. If you find the costs prevent you from visiting the patient we will, in some instances, reimburse these costs.

The Trust provides patient grants which in the past have helped them to purchase electric buggies, wheelchairs and other items that make life easier.

Recently the Trust has supported MINDFULNESS AND SELF-HELP GROUPS where patients are taught how to use their own minds to overcome their fears of the illness and condition.

All applications for grants are treated in the strictest confidence by the Trustees.

Whilst prior to the ‘Credit Crunch’ we were always able to satisfy all requests for help, we now find our income greatly reduced and in order to satisfy future needs we are always happy to accept donations or legacies etc, however small.

If you can help this Trust in this way we would be extremely grateful.

Should you require further details regarding how the Trust works please contact Judy Barton* at the address listed below or if you are a group or association and would like a speaker to outline more about the Charity please contact Tom Baker on 01823 601511 or email


Dr Jonathan Meads, Founding Trustee

Dr Donald McLintock

Mr Stephen Walker, Partner, Ashfords Solicitor, Taunton

Mrs Shirley Wyatt

*Mrs Judy Barton, Secretary, Prings Farm, Madford, EX15 3QU, Tel: 01823 680975 email:-

Mrs Doreen Pike

Mr Alec Smith

Mr Tom Baker

Should you know of someone who you think might be eligible to benefit under the terms of the trust, please ask for an application form at reception at the Blackdown Surgeries. On completion, these forms should be forwarded to J.E.D. Meads at the address on the form. Each application will then be considered at our next Board meeting. Alternatively, a copy of the form is available to download below which, on completion, can be emailed to J Meads.

Download form (PDF version)

Download form (Word version)

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