The Alastair James Memorial Trust


This fund is currently closed.

The Alastair James Memorial Trust was established to commemorate the short life of Alastair James and celebrate the impact he had on those around him. Alastair James was the younger son of Noel (Jimmy) James OBE MC and his wife Cecilia (née Livingstone). He was born on 13 May, 1954 in Oxford and was christened at St Giles Church Oxford by his great-uncle, the Rt Rev George Bell, Bishop of Chichester.

 Alastair was diagnosed with leukaemia at just 6 years old and he passed away six weeks after his diagnosis, on 15 September, 1960. Whilst Alastair’s life may have been short, his legacy lives on through The Alastair James Memorial Trust which was set up in 2020, 60 years after his death. 

The aims of the Alastair James Memorial Trust are to:

1.         Make grants to other registered charities and to community/voluntary groups throughout the United Kingdom and Commonwealth.

2.         Make grants to individuals at the Trustees’ discretion in circumstances where those individuals can demonstrate an unfulfilled need.

3.         Purchase items of equipment, including - but not restricted to – vehicles, for donation to UK and Commonwealth charities and community/voluntary groups, always provided that such equipment has been manufactured in the United Kingdom or in a Commonwealth country.

One off awards of up to £3000 will be made. The Trust will look to make no more than 5 awards in its first year.

In order to apply please complete an expression of interest form here by Friday 29 October and email to Mary Hollands: All received proposals will be considered by the Trust in November.

Am I eligible to apply?


  • Applications from groups and individuals welcome from Northamptonshire, the UK and Commonwealth
  • You must have a set of written rules or a constitution that your group adheres to.  We can help advise you on how to do this especially if you are a new group
  • You must take care to ensure that young people or vulnerable people taking part in your activity do not come to any harm whilst in your care. To this end, you must have written procedures for keeping young people and/or vulnerable people safe otherwise known as a Child Protection or Vulnerable people’s policy. This will be needed as a condition of funding. If you do not have such a policy, visit our supporting documents page to download an example.
  • You must have an equalities policy in place. We have resources on our website to help with this

Please click here to view our Diversity Statement applicable to our grant awards.

Our funds and programmes are working towards the 9 UNSDGs we have adopted into our charitable activities. For more information please click here

Project Type: General

Grant Location:  UK and Commonwealth

Grant Amount: Up to £3,000