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Thank you for visiting the Harriet Trust website!

The Harriet Trust is a small, independent grant making charity based in the South West of Cumbria. We invite applications for small grants that will enable school age children to gain experiences that, for reasons of financial hardship, they might not be able to access.

The origins of this charity are closely linked to Josefina de Vasconcellos, a talented English sculptor of Brazilian origin. Josefina wanted a centre for disadvantaged children to come to for holidays. To this end, a grand old twin ketch was bought by the Harriet Trust and, following an extensive fit out that was completed in 1983, it became a static facility for disabled children and young people. The aim was to provide sea and country holidays on the coast of Cumbria, overlooking the Duddon Estuary.

For many years, the Harriet provided a wonderful haven for children with the inspiring backdrop of the Cumbrian fells adding to the experience for countless young people.

While this second life for the Harriet ketch is now over, (The ketch is now in a new phase of life at Fleetwood Museum) the driving passion behind this initiative remains alive and, today, the Harriet Trust still looks for opportunities to give life enriching experiences to children who might otherwise be denied to them through financial obstacles.

Please have a look at our website and contact us if you are interested in either making a grant application or in supporting our work