Cottam Trust

THE EDWARD & ALICE COTTAM TRUSTS

The Trustees would like to invite local residents to make applications for grants from the trust funds held on the trusts of the Wills of the Edward Cottam and his sister Alice.

The Trustees are required to use the trust income for the benefit of:

‘poor and deserving persons aged 50 years or over who have resided within the parish of Caton with Littledale in the County of Lancaster for at least five years and are still resident at the date of the application’.

These charities are open all year round and the Trustees welcome applications for funds at any time from anyone who considers that they fulfil the above criteria (taken from the wording in the Wills of the late Edward and Alice Cottam) and also any organisations where the majority of its members fulfil the criteria.

The Trustees also make an appeal for applications once a year in order to distribute what income they have accumulated.

During the charities’ last financial year (which ended 11th September 2022) the distributions to various individuals amounted to £10,400 and for organisations in Caton and Brookhouse amounted to £5,500.

This year, application forms will once again be available from the Brookhouse Post Office during the month of April and the postmaster has kindly agreed that completed forms can be left at the Post Office for us to collect.  Alternatively, you can post them directly to Emma Edwards at BSG Solicitors LLP of 3 & 4 Aalborg Square, Lancaster LA1 1BJ telephone: 01524 386500.  All applications will be welcomed and treated with strict confidentiality.  It is hoped that the distributions of trust money will be made before the end of May.