The Radford Charitable Trust Cornwall
Helping young people realise their musical potential...

Support Our Work

Since it was set up in the early 1970s, the Radford Charitable Trust has helped thousands of children and young people from Cornwall by providing small financial grants, loaning them instruments free of charge, running workshops and supporting the Cornwall Music Festival.  Our aim is always to help students meet their musical potential and we believe that even a small amount of help at the right time can be invaluable in achieving this.

You may choose to support us by giving a financial donation (either regularly or as a one off), leaving us a legacy in your will or by donating an instrument.

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, donating through Gift Aid means we can claim an extra 25p for every £1 you give. It will not cost you any extra. Your donations will qualify as long as they’re not more than 4 times what you have paid in tax in that tax year (6 April to 5 April).  The tax could have been paid on income or capital gains.  You must tell the charities you support if you stop paying enough tax.  You need to make a Gift Aid declaration for us to claim Gift Aid on your donation (which may be either a financial donation or an instrument).

Making a Financial Donation

You may choose to support us either on a one-off basis or regularly.

If you wish to make a donation, firstly contact us.  We can discuss the circumstances of your donation and whether you have any wishes about how the money is spent.  We will then provide you with the relevant address details.    

If your donation is a one-off, please make your cheque payable to "The Radford Charitable Trust" and send it to us: we will provide an address when you contact us.  Please also send your Gift Aid Declaration Form at the same time, if applicable.

If your donation will be more regular, please contact us and ask for our Standing Order Mandate Form, complete it and return it to us.  Please also send your Gift Aid Declaration Form at the same time, if applicable.

Leaving Us a Legacy

Leaving a legacy to the Radford Charitable Trust in your Will is straightforward although we do strongly recommend that you take professional advice about the drafting of your Will. Because the Trust is a charity, the value of your estate chargeable to Inheritance Tax will be reduced by the amount of the legacy.

There are many different types of legacy but the two most popular ones are:

  • Residuary legacy: This is usually a percentage of what is left over after all other gifts have been made and debts, expenses and any inheritance tax have been paid. This type of legacy is obviously liable to fluctuation.
  • Pecuniary legacy: This is a gift of a specific amount of money.

Donating an Instrument

If you would like to talk to us about donating an instrument, please either telephone the Instrument Loans Administrator or use the Contact Us form and we will get back to you.

If our qualified repairer tells us that the instrument is of appropriate quality and condition, it will be taken over by the Trust and placed in our collection of instruments which go out on loan to students in Cornwall for up to three years free of charge.  The instruments are also insured by the Trust.  In April 2019, we had over 50 instruments out on loan.  We believe that we operate the only scheme of this type in the country.

The repairer’s opinion, however, may be that an instrument would best serve the Trust by being auctioned.  In that case we will ask you if you consent to a sale and, if so, the Trust could act on your behalf as “your agent”.  Under this process, you as the owner have the right to keep all of the proceeds of sale.  If, however, you choose to donate all or part of the proceeds to the Trust you would need to sign a Gift Aid Declaration Form (if applicable - see above) to enable us to claim the Gift Aid back from HMRC.  The Trust will need to email you or write to you again once the instrument has been sold to offer you the proceeds.

If you would like more information, please either telephone the Instrument Loans Administrator or use the Contact Us form and we will get back to you.

Loaning Us an Instrument

We have a number of instruments on long term loan from their owners, which are then loaned out to young people via our Instrument Loan Scheme.  Please Contact Us if you are interested in finding out more.  We expect the instrument owner to provide any instrument in good playing condition (as approved by our repairer) at the start of any agreement between the owner and the Trust.  The Trust would then manage and insure the instrument as standard under our Instrument Loan Scheme.

"The Radford Sisters were acclaimed by musicians throughout the country.

They worked for many years for the Cornwall Music Festival and brought music personally to villages up and down the county."
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