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

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
‘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:


The Pioneer Centre, Shropshire

The generous funding from The James Beattie Charitable Trust enables us to provide young people with experiences that will last so many of them a lifetime.

The young people experience the full range of emotions that makes the Pioneer Centre such a great place for learning and challenge to occur. Nothing beats the resounding thunderous chorus of ‘Thank You’s’ echoing in the dining hall, the terrifying and triumphant screams throughout the activities or the watery eyes of sadness of the many unwilling to depart as they walk past reception. One thing is sure, the preparation for those young people’s future has taken a step forward.

Thank you to the Trustees for allowing us to provide these life-changing oopportunities.



John Whittaker

Chief Executive

Pioneer Centre, Shropshire

  01604 499699
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NAYC & ACUK, Kings Park Road, Northampton, NN3 6LL

Lupus UK

LUPUS UK is the only national registered charity that supports people with lupus, their friends and family. The purpose of the charity is to relieve a person suffering from lupus and to advance the education of the public and the medical profession in all aspects of the disease. The charity supports resear ch projects in the hope of one day finding a cure and funds Lupus Specialist Nurses across the UK. The charity has a strong welfare fund which provides people in desperate need of support with much-needed equipment to enhance their quality of life. The vision of the charity is ‘a world where people with lupus can live full and active lives’.

With the help of The James Beattie Charitable Trust, LUPUS UK can provide support to one, two or possibly three lupus patients with debilitating symptoms, depending upon their circumstances. Providing patients with much-needed equipment allows for a more comfortable and independent lifestyle.

Once again, thank you for supporting the work of LUPUS UK.





Chanpreet Walia

Social Media & Appeals Officer

St. James House

Eastern Road


Essex   RM1 3NH

Tel: 01708731251


Helping Rotary and Santa in the Community!

A huge “Thank You” goes to James Beattie Charitable Trust for helping support Bilston & Wolverhampton West Rotary Club this year, with a fantastic donation, to add to our funding requirements, in order to fully update our Santa Sleigh and to purchase a bespoke Santa grotto to have with us for our collection evenings around the residential estates and streets of Bilston and for the procession along Bilston High St for the Christmas lights switch on.
This will give such pleasure to the local communities, especially the children, as Santa and his sleigh are now becoming so popular after 4 years since we began and everyone locally asks us on social media when we are visiting their street.
Rotary is all about helping the local community with our many charitable events and Christmas is a huge part of what we do locally whilst also doing great work both nationally and internationally.
Feel free to contact us should you wish to help in any way by calling our secretary Ken Dolman on 07968 052936 or Bob Stolz 07976 890450