Spinal Injuries Association

Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) works to provide spinal cord injured (SCI) people and their families with the tools they need to live independent lives. Thank you to the James Beattie Charitable Trust for supporting SIA’s Peer Support Service in the West Midlands helping SCI people fulfil their potential by empowering them to rebuild their lives after injury. Our Peer Support Officer in the region is spinal cord injured himself and uses his personal experience and knowledge to provide a positive insight into life beyond injury providing practical guidance and emotional support. SIA currently has 39 spinal cord injured members living in Wolverhampton and support is delivered in Spinal Centres, Major Trauma Units, District Hospitals, including New Cross Hospital in Wolverhampton and out in the community.

Trusts Co-Ordinator | Spinal Injuries Association
Tel: 01908 604191 Ext: 222 | j.neale@spinal.co.uk


SIA House, 2 Trueman Place, Oldbrook, Milton Keynes MK6 2HH
Switchboard 01908 604191 | Freephone Advice Line 0800 980 0501 | Fax 01908 208547 | Website www.spinal.co.uk
Registered Charity No 1054097 | Registered Company No 1054097

Black Country Living Museum

Thank you so much to The Board of the Trustees of the James Beattie Charitable Trust for your generous support of the Museum and donation to BCLM: Forging Ahead, in particular the Elephant & Castle pub.

BCLM: Forging Ahead is a transformational project which will see us create a major new Historic Town & Industrial Area set in the 1940s-60s, dedicated learning facilities and a brand new visitor centre. This exciting project will use real things, real people and real stories

A digital drawing of the Elephant & Castle and part of the planned new Historic town

to engage and inspire visitors of all ages, to learn about the Black Country’s heritage, its impact on the world and its relevance today.

At the heart of the new Historic Town there are three key buildings from Wolverhampton; the Elephant & Castle pub, Lea Road Infant Welfare Centre and Spring Hill Post Office. These buildings will be either replicated (structure still in existence) or recreated (structure no longer exists). They will play a central role in bringing to life previously untold stories of social, cultural, commercial and industrial life in the Black Country during the 1940s-60s; celebrate the diverse yet shared heritage of our communities; and display items from our unique collection in their original settings for the first time.

I look forward to keeping the trust updated with news of the project as it develops.

With best wishes,

Sophie Howell

Development Manager

Black Country Living Museum

Mobile: 07921 439695

Phone: 0121 557 9643 (extension 242)

Email: sophie.howell@bclm.com

Web: www.bclm.com

Substance Matters

Dear Trustees at the James Beattie Charitable Trust

We at Substance Matters would like to thank you all very much for the very kind donation of £2,000 to our organisation, your ongoing support is much appreciated by all the volunteers and the many clients who attend our service.The clients that visit our service are mainly over 35 years of age and the eldest are actually in their 70s, they are isolated and have very little if no family contact, so having a warm, friendly environment to visit is vital to their wellbeing. The winter months and the Christmas period can be a very lonely time for these very vulnerable people, so it is so important to make them feel wanted, cared for and to help give them something of a Homely experience at this time of year. We at the drop in centre all want for our clients to have at least one day that resembles what we consider to be a normal family Christmas lunch, with all the tables decorated and everyone receiving a gift, that includes practical items and some treats. James Beattie has helped us to do this over the last 4 years and for this we are extremely grateful.

I hope some of this is suitable for you to use in your publicity, if you would like any additional information please do not hesitate to contact me. Also below you have a picture of me and some volunteers and some of the clients, I hope this is suitable. If you would like some photos from the Christmas lunch I would be happy to send them on to you after the event.

Again thank you so very much for your ongoing support, this helps so many of our clients and enables us to give them the right assistance at this time of year.

Sue Chrestan

Tel: 07957 815876
E-mail: sue.chrestan@substancematters.org.uk


Best Foot Forward

Best Foot Forward is a community initiative devised and organised by the Rotary Club of Wolverhampton.

Its unique fundraising concept took three years to develop and, since 2013, has raised Over £140,000 for the benefit of needy causes in and around our city.  A special feature of the event is that it is also used by other groups to raise and retain funds for their own use.

The essential driver in making the event possible is the support of some 40 Patrons – community minded companies and organisations which donate the funds necessary to make it happen.

One of the first, and most significant, Patrons to pledge support for Best Foot Forward was The James Beattie Charitable Trust and their importance to the event is readily, and gratefully, acknowledged.

For more information about Best Foot Forward, take a few minutes to visit www.wolverhamptonbestfootforward.com.

Changing Tunes Midlands


Tunes Midlands have been generously supported by the James Beattie Charitable Trust to work in HMP/YOI Brinsford and HMP Featherstone.

We have been working to change the lives of young offenders through Music and Mentoring, building relationships and modelling behaviour as well as developing songs and concerts for Friends and Family within the prisons and working to provide hope and better mental health circumstances in working to reduce  reoffending.
many thanks

Dave Perryman
Business Development and Operations Manager
Tel 07538237349

Dream Makers

Dream Makers provide respite holidays for children and their families in one of our Fully adapted disabled homes in Torquay Devon.

We have been a registered charity since 1995.

Our homes provide disabled and severely sick children with a weeks holiday in a beautiful part of the country enabling them to be just be children and enjoy whatever time they have as a family together or just maybe away from constant hospital visits and chemotherapy /operations and so much more.

The feed back we receive makes such an impact on the wellbeing and rebuilding strength to go forward with whatever they have to endure next.

The funds go towards the running and upkeep of the constant wear and tear on our homes and also the fee’s we encounter keeping them on site and the amenities that are used.

It is with enormous thanks to trusts such as James Beattie for their continued support in helping us continue.

Juney Walsh Cooper



01675 442 555

07816 124 889


We were so delighted to receive the very kind donation from the Trustees of the James Beattie Charitable Trust.

Spina bifida and hydrocephalus (SBH) are complex conditions that affect mobility, learning and health. The charity Shine provides free membership and specialist support, pre-birth and beyond, for anyone living with SBH, their families and professional care network. We support 35 members in Wolverhampton, and are always welcoming new members, including families with newborns.

Families can feel overwhelmed by a diagnosis, and we provide skilled guidance and reassurance at home, hospital and clinic, arrange peer support groups and family events, and help parents to access disability benefits and equipment for their child.

Learning and development can be very challenging for a child with complex disabilities, compounded by missing so much at school through health complications. We provide resources and training for health professionals, and reach out to local schools, so that children with spina bifida and hydrocephalus feel included and have a strong start that sets them up in life.

Debra Chand, Trusts Development Officer,

01733 555988

42 Park Road, Peterborough, Cambs, PE1 2UQ




‘React is a small charity that improves the quality of life of terminally ill children cared for by financially disadvantaged families. The charity will provide any item deemed a ‘basic, essential need’, including specialist, mobility, educational and developmental equipment, as we believe every child has the right to live a life of comfort and dignity, no matter how short that life may be.

Through the generosity of The James Beattie Charitable Trust, terminally ill children living in Wolverhampton will receive urgently needed aid and equipment. We would like to thank the Trust for its compassion and support which has led to relief for so many.’ 

Vicky Andreas
St Luke’s House, 270 Sandycombe Road
Kew, Richmond, Surrey TW9 3NP
Tel: +44 (0)20 8940 2575
Email: vicky@reactcharity.org
Website: www.reactcharity.org
‘Giving depth to short lives’
Charity Registration Number: 802440/SC038067

St. Andrews Church, Sedgley


The Elders and members of the congregation, particularly the gentlemen, at St. Andrews Church, Sedgley are extremely grateful to the James Beattie Charitable Trust for their generous donation. The Male Toilets were in need of total refurbishment and the grant has allowed the church to instruct the contractor to start immediately. Community use of the buildings are important to us and in addition to our own use, persons using the rooms for pleasure, education or more sombre occasions such as funerals will now have toilet facilities to an acceptable standard.

Many thanks,

Yours Sincerely,

Robert E. Chesworth

St. Andrews Church, Sedgley


British Acoustic Neuroma Association

The British Acoustic Neuroma Association (BANA) is a small national charity that supports people and their support networks who have had a diagnosis of an Acoustic Neuroma, a rare brain tumour that grows on the balance nerve and causes complete single sided deafness, along with other symptoms such as tinnitus, vertigo, dizziness, fatigue, anxiety and depression, less often facial palsy and occasionally cognitive impairment. We mainly support people by setting up support groups around the country; where often this is the first place those diagnosed get to meet other people with an Acoustic Neuroma.  The kind grant from the James Beattie Charitable Trust will ensure that we are able to continue to support people and their support networks in the Wolverhampton area who have an Acoustic Neuroma.

Thank you

Julie Dixon


British Acoustic Neuroma Association

Tapton Park Innovation Centre

Brimington Road


S41 0TZ

Tel: 01246 550011

Office email: admin@bana-uk.com

Website: www.bana-uk.com