The Eric Wright Charitable Trust is a charitable body that was formed by Mr. Wright in 1990, based on the belief that the role of business in society is not to create wealth for the few but instead is fundamental to the building of a strong community. Originally vested with 49% of the shareholding, the Trust is now the sole owner of 100% of the Group, following the gift of his remaining shares by Mr. Wright.
The Trust works with a broad range of charities, primarily in the North West of England, with particular emphasis on Young Persons’ Wellbeing; Elderly Services; Education and Training; Health; and Carers’ Support.
In addition, the Trust is also directly involved in running two of its own charities, namely
- Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre: based at Coniston, the centre provides outdoor adventure facilities, working particularly with socially and physically disadvantaged groups
- Eric Wright Learning Foundation: working with Preston’s College, the Foundation assists in the provision of vocational learning as part of the College’s overall curriculum and supports local schools through bursaries
Whilst many commercial organisations donate a proportion of their profits to charitable causes, the ownership of The Eric Wright Group by the Trust has created a unique long-term partnership between the commercial and charitable arms that enables the entire organisation to function in the manner of a social enterprise.
Water Park Lakeland Adventure Centre
Eric Wright Charitable Trust purchased the Water Park Estate on Coniston Water in March 1998 and converted the former mansion house into a residential outdoor adventure centre. To date more than 65,000 children have benefited from the facilities at Water Park.
The Eric Wright Learning Foundation
Eric Wright Learning Foundation sponsors a ‘real work environment’ in partnership with Preston’s College. This is attended by students from age 14+ studying Level 1 to Level 3 vocational skills programmes, through to apprenticeships.
Although the Trust will give due consideration to all applications, the Trust’s principal focus at present is on providing support to charities based in and working in the North West of England.
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