The Bath Boules Trust

The Bath Boules Trust is a registered charity (number 1071273) which is a central place to contain funds raised from the Bath Boules event - over £650,000 to date! These funds are then distributed each year to a variety of causes in the Bath area. 

The charity is administered by its Trustees: Alex Auge, Philip Addis, Thomas Sheppard, Nicole Howse, Celia Mead and David Gledhill.

In the past, the Bath Boules Trust has granted funds to over 70 local charities including: Julian House, Dorothy House, Carers' Centre, Freewheelers, Mind Bath, Jessie May, The RUH Forever Friends Appeal, Off the Record, National Osteoporosis Society, Genesis Trust, Designability, Age UK, Bath Rugby Foundation, Mentoring Plus, BRLSI, Southside, Three Ways School, First Steps Bath, Action on Hearing Loss, Goldies, Developing Health & Independence, RICE and many more. 

Charities are encouraged to request a grant from the Bath Boules Trust at any time for their consideration. The Trustees generally prefer to grant funds for specific projects or equipment that is really going to make a difference and can be anything from tens to hundereds to thousands of pounds, depending on what's required.

If you’re a local charity and would like to appeal for a donation, please complete the application here.

If you would like to get in touch with the Trustees for any further information, please contact

"We are a Bath based charity seeking to help Bath people – in particular, though not exclusively, the elderly, the young, the disabled and the underprivileged. Normally we look for projects where our funding can make a difference, rather than providing monies towards general running costs." – David Gledhill on behalf of the Bath Boules Trustees

In 2019 the Bath Boules raised a staggering £42,587 for local charitiesThat's thanks to the generosity of our Headline Sponsor, Brewin Dolphin; Big and Little Boules Sponsors; market stall holders; raffle prize donors; and all those who came along to the event – eating, drinking and having fun. A great big merci beaucoup to all of you!

We’re determined to do even better with your help in 2021.

Charity testimonials

Dorothy House

"Dorothy House Hospice Care provides compassionate caring for our community, supporting people with life-limiting illness to live and die well. In order to do this, we need the support of the local community as currently, for every £1 received from the NHS, Dorothy House has to raise another £4 to pay for our services. The Bath Boules Charitable Trust has supported Dorothy House since 1994 and enabled us to continue to care when it counts. We are so very grateful for the continued support."

The Golden-Oldies

"We really appreciated the funding provided by Bath Boules Charitable Trust, it was most welcome and extremely useful.

"The Golden-Oldies Charity is a social initiative, bringing positive change to marginalised vulnerable people through structured daytime social singing and activity sessions that encourage participation and functional exercises. Our charity promotes and sustains independence in the growing older population by making connections with local communities, offering activities that improve mental and physical health and well-being and activities that break down many social barriers."

Bath Mind

"Bath Boules Charitable Trust raised £1,500 for Bath Mind this year – a significant donation, which contributes to our work. Without such generous support we, as a charity, could not survive.​

"Bath Mind is a small, independent, local charity providing services and championing the needs of people across B&NES who are living with mental health problems. We receive a small grant from the local authority for our supported housing projects, but the majority of our services are funded through donations and fundraising activities.

"The donation from Bath Boules Charitable Trust has helped support our Food for Thought Social Enterprise scheme giving people with lived experience the tools and experience to develop catering opportunities, to develop self confidence and longer term work based skills."

Off The Record

"Off the Record is delighted to be the recipient of a £1,500 grant from the Bath Boules Charitable Trust this year – which has been instrumental in keeping our youth counselling service running by helping to ensure we can provide clinical supervision and support to our Volunteer Counsellors. It has also helped to raise the profile of Off the Record so that more people know about and can access our services.

"Off the Record is the only charity in B&NES providing free, confidential counselling and support for children and young people in need, supporting thousands of local children and young people affected by: trauma, bullying, depression, abuse, bereavement, disability, sexuality and gender identity, young parenthood and living in foster care.

"As a small local charity, we could not do this work without the support of our local community. On behalf of all the young people we work with, thank you to everyone who took part in Bath Boules and to the Trustees for nominating Off the Record!"

The Forever Friends Appeal

"On behalf of The Forever Friends Appeal, I am delighted to be writing to thank Bath Boules for your recent wonderful donation of £1,000 following the incredible success of Bath Boules 2016! Your gift has been allocated towards the RUH Cancer Care Campaign – raising £8.5million to help build an exceptional new Cancer Centre for the RUH in Bath.

"Our hospital serves over half a million patients in the South West and we treat over 2,200 new patients with cancer every year. We rely on the wonderful generosity and support of our donors to help make a really big difference to the patients who are cared for at the RUH. With your incredible support we will be able to significantly improve our Cancer Services for the hundreds of patients and their families who walk through our doors each and every day.

"Dedicated support from local organisations is cruical to the success of our Campaign, we are therefore so grateful to Bath Boules for your passion towards helping us achieve our fundraising goal for this new Cancer Centre."