Logo: The Sir Andrew Martin Trust for Young People in a circle like the edge of a coin. In the centre is a small red bird.

The Sir Andrew Martin Trust

for Young People

Providing Young People with a Brighter Future

Graphic Image: Silohettes of young people playing tennis.

Registered Charity No: 1042358



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Rutland Music's CHAOS group (Chatty Happy Activities on a Saturday) in rehearsal .

The group develops the musical abilities of young people 14 - 19 with learning difficulties and disabilities.

A further programme of ten instrumental workshops were supported by the Trust's £800 in April, 2019.

Photograph: Rutland Music's CHAOS group (Chatty Happy Activities on a Saturday) in rehearsal .

1st April, 2019.

Leicester Combat Academy runs boxing training and other sports' sessions seven days each week for over 100 12-21 year olds in Leicester's challenging St Matthew's area.  The Academy asked for funds to replace, and add to, equipment with a view to benefitting  from the Academy's objects of increasing social interaction and building community cohesion as well as encouraging fitness and wellbeing.  A grant of £1,000 was awarded.

January, 2019. 

Photographs: Scenes in a gymnasium with young people doing boxing practice.


Photo Collage: Young people in sporting activities: kayaking, football, golf and ice skating.


Loughborough based Baca Charity, funded by a host of donors, supports 16-18 year old unaccompanied asylum seekers. Education and life skills training, therapeutic help and access to sports and leisure opportunities are key to Baca support workers in helping the young people with emotional, integration, health, language, self-esteem and confidence issues.

The Martin Trust awarded £500 towards sports sessions.                       January 2019


Photograph: Guides enjoying a paddle in the sea.

68th Leicester Guides camped at Mablethorpe in the Summer of 2018.  They enjoyed the usual Guiding
activities but could not resist paddling! Their application for £310 towards travel costs was supported.

Photograph: Concert and football activities at Walsingham.

Young people from churches in and around Fleckney, Wistow, Kilby and Newton Harcourt experienced and enjoyed worship on their pilgrimage at Walsingham, Norfolk in August 2018, as well as the social activities. (Note the parched grass due to the long UK drought). The Trust supported with a grant of £1,000.

Photograph: Certificate showing a grant of £1000 to the Soft Touch Arts project.

The Trust supported the long-established, Leicester New Walk, Soft Touch Arts community group in mounting their month-long 2018 exhibition of their young people's work. Creative youngsters in arts, crafts and music projects receive their £1,000 grant from Trust Chair, David Knowles DL.
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Photograph: The Soft Touch Arts Group receives its grant of £1000 from Mr David Knowles, DL/

Photograph: Art installation image of a dinasaur created from old compact discs and DVDs.

Photograph: Cheque Presentation to Sea Cadets.Photographs: Sea Cadets proudly display their new communications devices.

The trustees awarded a grant of £436 in September 2017 to Loughborough T.S. Venomous Sea Cadets for four new radios for shore to offshore communications. They will greatly enhance the Unit's equipment and give up to date handsets on which the Cadets will receive training. Founder Trustee Terry Higgins presented the cheque at the Cadets' base on the River Soar.

Photograph: 88th Leicestershire Scouts with their new equipment.
A £400  grant to the 88th Leicester Scout Troop enabled the young people to replace and improve camping equipment - as seen from the photo, not least their cooking pans and utensils.

Leicester Sea Cadets - TS Tiger - using their newly refurbished Viking power boat. The generous  donation from the Sir Andrew Martin Trust allowed completion of the work in summer 2017.
Photo: Leicester Sea Cadets - TS Tiger  using the newly refurbished Viking power boat. The generous  donation from the Sir Andrew Martin Trust allowed completion of the work in summer 2017

Photograph: Children bouldering at the Oaks in Charwood wall.
The Trustees supported the refurbishment of the Bouldering Wall at the Oaks in Charnwood Scout Campsite.  The site has been very popular for Scouts and Guides and members of other youth organisations since the 1930’s but has been developed with up to date camping and activities’ facilities.
Grant £1,250: January 2017

Members of Rutland Music's CHAOS group (Chatty Happy Activities on a Saturday) at a rehearsal in Greetham.

Photograph: Rutland Music Group, May 2019.

The group develops the musical abilities of young people 14 - 19 with learning difficulties and disabilities.
A programme of ten workshops focussing on music technology were supported by the Trust's £750 and a grant from the National Foundation of Youth Music.
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Photograph: Rutland Music Group.

Photograph: Thorpe Acre Scouts receive a cheque.
Thorpe Acre Scout Troop, Loughborough received £750 to renew and add to their camping equipment prior to enjoying  activities at Charnwood 2016 International Scout and Guide Camp at Whatton Hall, Long Whatton.
The Scout Group celebrated thirty years in its present building in 2016, and thirty years of Beaver Scouting, although has a very much longer history having been born as the Congregational Church Scout Group based in what is now the URC Church in Frederick Street, Loughborough

Photograph: The newly formed 115th Leicestershire Scouts receive a cheque for £1,000 from the Sir Andrew Martin Trust.

Newly established in October 2015, the 115th Leicester Scout Group based in Evington
serves diverse communities and disadvantaged families living in central Leicester, not least
in Highfields.  A grant of £1,000 supported the purchase of tents, a dining shelter, tables, stools
and cool boxes.  The Scouts fund-raised by bag packing in Sainsburys, and  activities' included
circus skills, photography, map-reading, a talk on mental health and, towards gaining the
Navigation proficiency badge, completed a four-mile sponsored walk to help Syrian refugees.
Patron of the Trust, Col. Robert Martin OBE DL (standing 5th from right) presents the cheque
to delighted members of the Scout Troop.                                                                   August 2016

Photograph: Presentation of certificate to Brownie Guides at Topstone Pods.Photograph: Two of the camping pods at Topstone.

Girlguiding Leicestershire's innovative project to install camping pods at its County Campsite was supported by the Martin Trust with a grant of £1500 in 2014. First time users from a Brownie Unit, are pictured at the 2014 opening ceremony with County Commissioner, Abi Salter and Martin Trust trustees, Alec Jeffery and David Knowles.
Photos: David Knowles

Photograph: Scout Building Roof before repairs.Phtograph: Scout Building roof after repairs.

Before and after photos of the roof on the 42nd Leicester (Glenfield) Scout headquarters'. The parlous state of the old roof was a sight to see, but the new roof is a real joy. The project was aided by a 2014 grant of £800 from the Martin Trust and donations from other sources.

Photograph: Leicester Sea Cadets display their new radios.

The trustees awarded £500 to Leicester Sea Cadets towards the purchase of five hand-held VHF submersible radios. The cadets were thrilled to have the radios, now in regular use. Older Cadets are taught correct VHF principles, all Cadets are taught good communication skills and the juniors (10-11yrs) learn both by playing radio hide and seek and using them in First Aid role play.  Everyone uses the radios when they go on the water.

Photgraph collage: Ranger guides at Hamleys Toy Shop and in Vine Street, London.

The trustees supported a Ranger Guide, new to her village, who would not otherwise have been able to afford to go on their Ranger Guides' Monopoly Challenge London trip planned entirely by the Ranger Guides themselves  It was her first visit to London. Being on the planning group, sharing time with the other girls  and experiencing the trip improved her confidence.
Photograph: Young members of the Leicestershire Chorale.  The Trust enhanced the Scholarship Scheme for young people.

Photograph: Young people supported by the Trust on a Tall Ships Association voyage.

Joe (17) said "Throughout school I was never very fit, hating games lessons. After my voyage I’m more conscious of my strengths and weaknesses and general fitness. I’ve discovered that exercise isn’t boring and actually enjoy keeping myself fit."
Khara (19)  was enthused by life at sea: "During those first couple of weeks back on dry land, I would have given anything to be back on board and I'm now just looking forward to the next time! I’ve decided that if I can cope with a voyage, I can cope with anything. Thank you for the faith you have in me and have given to me."

Photograph: Shepshed Alley Group on its way to Twycross Zoo.

The Shepshed ALLeY Group is designed for young people aged 12 -18 with physical, mild learning or social interaction difficulties; e.g. – Cerebral Palsy, Dyspraxia, Dystonia, Spinal Injury, injury as a result of an accident, Aspergers Syndrome and other Autistic Spectrum Disorders. The Group was set up to benefit those young people who struggle with conventional youth groups or don't really fit in with, or want to fit in with, other groups and clubs. The Trust supported the costs of the Club’s 2013 visit to Twycross Zoo.

Photographs: Narrow boat with children on the bows.

The 2nd/60th Leicester Scout Group, serving a deprived area, was delighted with a grant for summer camps and activities. Beavers and Cubs are seen on a narrow boat out of Thurmaston.
A highlight for some of the youngsters was a turn at the tiller!

Photograph: Elizabeth Bass, harpist.Photograph: Elizabeth Bass, harpist.

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Eighteen year old Elizabeth Bass, a harpist of exceptional talent, currently Principal harp in the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Elizabeth has won national competitions, recently in Cardiff and is to study at the Royal Academy of Music. The Trust supported her with a grant of £250 towards her expenses in attending an International Harp Contest in Israel.
Elizabeth is pictured when she enthralled her audience in a solo recital of CPE Bach, Britten and Faure at St Mary in Charnwood Parish Church, Nanpantan in March 2013.

Photograph: The Leicester Phoenix Youth Choir receive a cheque from the Sir Andrew Martin Trust.Photograph: The Leicester Phoenix Youth Choir on stage performing.

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Leicester's long-standing Phoenix Youth Choir founded by Shirley Baxendale, performing at Christ Church Congregational church, Clarendon Park Road, Leicester.  The Choir was supported by the Martin Trust for both the promotion of the annual concert and associated workshops in schools and elsewhere. Trustee, David Knowles D.L. presents the grant cheque.
Jumping for joy on Goldhill Adventure Playground, Saffron Estate, Leicester after receiving £500 from the Trust towards the installation of an all ability floor level trampoline.  The Playground project affords challenging free session activities for 2,000 registered young people including around 150 with special needs. (April 2012)

Photograph/Link to larger image: JUMPING FOR JOY on GOLDHILL ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND, Saffron Estate, Leicester after receiving £500 from the Trust towards the installation of an all ability floor level trampoline.  The Playground project affords challenging free session activities for 2,000 registered young people including around 150 with special needs.         (April 2012)

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Mike Wood of Stoney Stanton dares all on choppy waters, as he did to become GB National Championships 2011 winner in the youth 420 Class. Now moving up to Olympic 470 sailing Class, the trustees awarded Mike £500 towards sailing equipment including sails, being encouraged to do so by Mike's initiative in working as a sailing coach to help fund expensive competitive sailing.
A lively group of St John Melton Cadets break off from planning expeditions to receive their £300 grant from trustee David Knowles.The money will be spent on camping and other outdoor equipment to support their Duke of Edinburgh Award programme.  (Jan 2012)

Photograph: A lively group of St John Melton Cadets break off from planning expeditions to receive their £300 grant.

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Photograph: Grant recipient and promising tennis player, Conal with Tim Henson at Wimbledon. Awarded a grant to further his training as a young, highly commended County player.

Promising tennis player and grant recipient, Conal with Tim Henman at Wimbledon. Conal was awarded a grant to further his training as a young, highly commended Leicetershire County player.


16 year old LUCY GARNER, recipient of a Sir Andrew Martin Trust grant wins the 2011 Cheshire Road Race in fine style. Lucy is on the Olympic Development Programme with the pursuit track team. In a busy cycling season her sights are on selection for national and European events.

Photograph: Lucy Garner crosses the finishing line winning the 2011 Cheshire Road Race.

Photo by Andy Whitehouse and courtesy of British Cycling Magazine.

Photograph: Lucy Garner:  She has recently become the World Junior Road Race Champion and a member of British Cycling's Olympic Development Programme pictured with her younger sister, Grace, 14 yrs, who has also triumphed.  She is earned a place on British Cycling's prestigious Talent Team, the first step to international recognition for young cyclists. This follows her 2011 victories in the UK North West Youth Tour and Europe's Youth Tour of Assen.  On the track she became the under-14 champion.

Both of these talented young ladies have been supported by the Sir Andrew Martin Trust.

Photograph: Grace Garner.Photograph: Lucy Garner

Photograph: Jack Evans dancing.

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JACK EVANS of Birstall was supported by the Trust with £500 to assist him with dance training and auditions’ expenses. The trustees were delighted to see him cast in the dance ensemble of 42nd Street at Curve, Leicester during the 2011/12 Christmas/New Year season. Jack was previously dance captain of the National England Tap Team. In 2010 he was crowned World Duet Tap Champion for his performance and choreography at the World Tap Championships in Riesa, Germany.