The Eric Wright Charitable Trust
The Eric Wright Charitable Trust was established by Mr. Eric Wright in 1990, in the belief that the role of business in society is not to create wealth for the few but rather to help in building a strong community. In fulfilment of this belief, he gifted his entire shareholding to the Trust to make it the sole owner of the Eric Wright Group.
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 ventures, 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
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 50,000 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.
Preferred Geographical Areas
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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