How did the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust begin?



Sir James Colyer-Fergusson’s grandfather; the 2nd Baronet, left Scotland and moved to Kent. Sir James then married Mary Colyer, a Kentish heiress.  From that time onwards the Colyer-Fergusson family lived in Kent.


Sir James realised that he was the last person to bear the family name and so established the Colyer-Fergusson Charitable Trust.  He wanted the Trust to make a lasting difference to the people of Kent.   In the early years of the Charitable Trust the bulk of funding was made available to many of the historic churches of Kent helping to restore their fabric and where possible promote local communities.


Sir James sadly passed away in 2004 but before his passing he supported the trustees in extending the scope of the Trust’s grant giving to more general charitable purposes across the County.  Recent priority areas for grant funding have been: community safety projects; support for vulnerable and isolated older people; the integration of asylum seekers; the provision of respite care breaks for carers; assistance for young people leaving care; and the promotion of active living.


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