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John Weston

“Local benefactor, John Weston, has been helping young people and community organisations in Duffield and South West Derbyshire since 2002, when he established his ow charitable trust.”

Helping Others

John explains, I have lived in Duffield all my life and I particularly wanted to give the young people of Southern Derbyshire the opportunity to get a good start in life, perhaps by developing their skills, doing something challenging or helping others. I also wanted to help the many organisations that are building stronger communities and making South Derbyshire a better place to live for so many people.

In 2006, John and his fellow Trustees decided to transfer the Trust in to Foundation Derbyshire, establishing the John Weston Charitable Fund. “I and my former Trustees no longer have the administrative or legal burden of a charitable trust. We are still very much involved in the ‘nice bit’, however, deciding which applications are funded and reading the letters of thanks from the young people and groups we have helped. The Foundation has helped us to distribute over £76,000 of funding over the past four years, reaching 168 groups and individuals from Ashbourne to Sudbury to Wirksworth.”

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Building stronger communities

Holbrook Friendship clubHolbrook Friendship club

Holbrook Friendship Club was formed in 2010. It is a social club for older and disabled people within the communities of Holbrook, Kilburn and Denby with an aim to prevent isolation and encourage interaction, improving mental health and well-being.

The grant awarded from the John Weston Charitable Fund was to contribute towards room hire and insurance costs and also enabled them to purchase table games.

Mackworth GuidesMackworth Guides

Mackworth Guides has 28 members, and has one of the largest senior sections in the county, catering for nineteen 15 to 24 year olds. Many are young leaders and will go on to be adult leaders around the city.

The equipment purchased with the grant enabled them to attend the Peak 2010 centenary event camp at Chatsworth and will be used at the regular camps they attend every year.


Hilton Amateur Theatrical Society (HATS) was formed in 1989. Each year they put on two productions: a family pantomime at the end of January and a play in mid-June.

The grant awarded from the John Weston Charitable Fund has enabled them to increase staging options and production quality.