The Derek Crowson Charitable Trust was set up by Derek Crowson, chairman and founder of Crowson Fabrics, in 1991. Since then, more than £500,000 has been donated to good causes by the charity.
Derek Crowson and fellow trustees distribute the funds to charities in the UK ranging from those in the education and health sectors to others providing relief to the poor.
“As a successful businessman I am often approached for charity donations. The Derek Crowson Charitable Trust enables us to direct money to the causes we support in a consistent and efficient way,” said Mr Crowson.
Among charities supported by The Derek Crowson Charitable Trust are Mencap, the Caron Keating Foundation and the NSPCC.
Mencap helps people with learning disabilities be part of their local communities and Derek Crowson is supportive of their efforts in lobbying the government to change laws enabling more people with learning disabilities to have control over their lives.
The Caron Keating Foundation is just one of the cancer-related charities supported by the Derek Crowson Charitable Trust.
It has been chosen because of the difference it makes to individuals and families affected and dealing with cancer.
The foundation itself assists small but significant cancer charities which finance professional carers, treatment centres and support groups.
It is a family run foundation with Gloria Hunniford as the administrator and its only costs are for one part-time secretary, meaning that almost all the money raised goes directly to the projects it supports.
The Derek Crowson Charitable Trust supports the NSPCC because of its dedication to helping and supporting disadvantaged children, whether through sickness, mental or physical disabilities or suffering abuse.