Photo of Matthews' eight closest friends at Newcastle Uni cycling "1,000 miles for Matt' around the UK in August 2010, raising the first £30,000 for the Trust.
We would love you to be involved in the work of the Trust and there are a number of different ways including:
- having the right conversations and building awareness
- fundraising for our work
- make us charity of the year
- requesting grants from the Trust
- making a donation
Having the right conversations and building awareness
One of the most important aspects of our work is to raise awareness about the importance of wellbeing and good mental health and help people to understand:
- the need for better education in how to keep mentally healthy;
- how to understand the signs of being unwell and have the skills to recover and
- how to develop the confidence to ask for help, when needed and receive the right professional support.
We encourage all our supporters and everyone visiting this website to start a conversation about wellbeing and mental health in their school, college, university or workplace and to contact us for further advice.
Here are some other practical ways to support us.
The Matthew Elvidge Trust has now raised over £350,000 through the generous involvement of so many, many friends and supporters
We would love you to organise a fundraising event, whether it's a local half marathon or organising a cake day at work . Do please contact us to discuss your plans.
100% of the money raised is used directly to support our selected projects and activities. 100% of administration and running costs are fully covered by the family.
Charity of the Year
We are really grateful to organisations who make us charity of the year, which helps to raise awareness and support our work. Please contact us to discuss further.
The Trust welcomes applications for grants, which are consistent with our objectives. Our grants are normally between £5,000 and £10,000. The Trust gives priority to grant requests, which are focused on increasing awareness and understanding of the importance of wellbeing and good mental health... particularly among children and young people.
We prefer not to offer grants to individuals and favour organisations with a high number of volunteers.
Making a Donation
There are a number of way to support our work through donations.
Virgin Money Giving
If you would like to make a donation, the easiest way is through our Virgin Money Giving Site.
Cheques and Gift Aid
Alternatively, please send a cheque payable to “The Matthew Elvidge Trust” to the following address: Hamish Elvidge, Arrow Lane House, Arrow Lane, Hartley Wintney, Hampshire, RG27 8LR.
If you are a tax payer, please consider downloading and completing our Gift Aid Form and sending this with the donation. This enables us to reclaim a further 25% from the Government and, if you are a higher rate tax payer, gives you the opportunity to reclaim a further 20 - 30% higher rate relief, depending whether you pay tax at 40% or 50%.
If you would like to make a regular donation, please download and print our Bankers Order Form, which gives full details for completion.