About the Trust

We are a grant giving charitable trust that supports local charities throughout the United Kingdom.

Albert Hunt was a successful business man who died in 1957.  He left his business jointly to two ladies;  Miss Mary Kathleen Coyle and Miss Florence I Reakes (his late first wife’s niece). Miss Coyle and Miss Reakes established the Trust in Albert Hunt’s name in 1979.

Miss Reakes died in 1996 and Miss Coyle in 2000.  They were both wealthy ladies and bequeathed the bulk of their estates to the Trust, providing it with a significant endowment.  This enabled the trust to increase its active support of charitable causes.  Since the trust was established, significant sums have been paid as grants.

The current trustees aim to stay as true as possible to the founders’ original charitable objectives, and full details of the causes the Trust will consider for support can be found here.

In 2018 the Trustees decided that it was appropriate to change the legal structure of the Trust from a traditional Charitable Trust to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO).  This change was purely administrative and there have been no changes to the Trusts objectives or grant making philosophy.

The legal change required the Trustees to re-register the Trust with the Charity Commission which resulted in a new registered charity number. Our new charity number is 1180640. Our original charity number was 277318.