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Bowland Charitable Trust

The Bowland Charitable Trust was founded by two Manchester graduates and, since it’s inception, it has donated a large proportion of its money to Higher Education Institutions in the North of England.

One of the Bowland Trusts most recent projects has been as the principal private matching donor towards the Heritage Lottery Fund renovation of 84 Plymouth Grove the home of Elizabeth Gaskell and William Gaskell the Unitarian Minister. In fact, Bowland Charitable Trust was founded by two Unitarians and its focus is towards education, equality and criminal justice.

The conversion of The CoachHouse into modern, well-equipped rooms for use as lecture and seminar rooms came about as an extension of the Trusts work with the main house and their educational objectives. The Trust knew that local schools were keen to inspire their key stage four and key stage five students to go on to University and to study challenging subjects.

The Trust sees The CoachHouse as a way of helping local schools enthuse their students by providing high quality learning sessions. The aim has always been to attract academics from leading universities to give inspiring and engaging lectures alongside hands on sessions.

“I want to fire the imagination and ambition of all students to take challenging subjects at university”

Tony Cann, Bowland Charitable Trust

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