Mayor’s Charity Donation to Glastonbury People’s Trust

Cllr Jon Cousins hands £400 cheque to John Clare Chair of the Glastonbury Peoples Trust
Cllr Jon Cousins hands £400 cheque to John Clare Chair of the Glastonbury Peoples Trust - photo by Susan Thurgood

The Glastonbury People’s Trust is delighted to have received a generous donation of £400 from Glastonbury Town Council, handed to the Trustees by Mayor of Glastonbury, Cllr. Jon Cousins this week.

The Glastonbury People’s Trust – which been chosen as this year’s official Mayor’s Charity – makes grants of money to people of Glastonbury to assist them with essential purchases which they would otherwise find very hard to afford.

The trust was set up originally in 1873 to administer the Glastonbury Almshouse buildings, which housed 22 poor people, 11 men and 11 women, over the age of 60 who were unable to maintain themselves, and continued doing this until 1962 by which time the Almshouses had been allowed to deteriorate and were sold as unfit for habitation. The proceeds were invested in the fund, which is now known as the Glastonbury People’s Trust, from which regular payments have continued to be made every year to assist people of Glastonbury of all ages.

Handing over the cheque, Cllr. Cousins reflected, “coronavirus and the lockdown has impacted on so many local people’s lives that my fellow councillors and I agreed it was much more appropriate to allocate some of the funds that would normally have been used for Mayoral events to Glastonbury People’s Trust – a long-standing charity that provides much needed support for residents in need.”

Trustee David Burton said, “The generosity of the town council, and those who contributed to the Mayor’s Charity this year, means that the Trust will be able to continue and develop its charitable activities in the future.”

If you’d like to help support the Glastonbury People’s Trust, please visit their Total Giving page: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/charity/the-glastonbury-peoples-trust