A grant giving Charity to inspire young people to appreciate all aspects of the Arts

How the Trust started

The Alan and Jean Gayton Charitable Trust was set up by Jean in memory of her late husband, Alan Gayton. It was designed to provide funding to enable young people in full time education (who were either born, or are now resident) within Leicester, Leicestershire and Rutland to have the opportunity to enjoy all aspects of the Arts – something which the Gaytons both individually and as a couple were always involved with and passionate about.

The Aims of the Charity

Hopefully to generate the beginnings of a life-long love of the Arts in young people (from primary school age to 6th Form College students). It is hoped to encourage trips to venues around UK to experience top class professional theatre/concert/dance performances, along with visits to art galleries and exhibitions.

The funds are available to be used towards the cost of purchasing tickets or supplying transport to the venues. It may be possible to apply for funding for other related activities within the Arts at the discretion of the Trustees.


In recent years grants have been awarded to groups to see the following productions:-

  • The Snow Queen at Leicester’s Curve

One of the teachers wrote ‘ The experience of this production was used in lessons to develop story telling, drama and writing’ Some of the children’s words were ‘Awesome, fantastic, Wicked!’

  • Starlight Express

‘Fantastic, explosive, Out of this world’

  • Birmingham Royal Ballet’s production of ‘The Nutcracker’

‘Heartfelt thanks for such a generous grant to see ‘Nutcracker’. For all but one it was the first time at such a prestigious venue’

  • ‘Crazy for You’ at Novello Theatre in London

Without your help we could not have had such a wonderful experience The show was so brilliant – it’s definitely made me want to practice even more None of us will ever forget it

How often are grants given?

The Trustees meet to consider applications annually in October.

A sum of £5,000 is made available annually and this money may be divided between several successful applicants

The Trust is particularly keen to generate an interest in:





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