Charitable Funds

Charities and Funds for and by the people of Middle Rasen

This village has two charities which are available to aid eligible applicants. For more information visit the Village Hall page or click below

John Wilkinson Charity ~ Charity no. 527746 & Middle Rasen Poor Lands & Poor Meadows Charity ~ Charity No. 216242

You may also apply to the Parish Council for certain grants: Middle Rasen Grant

Remember, when you visit funding organisations they may also be commercial enterprises and we cannot verify their credentials or make recommendations concerning those purporting to be charities.

The John Wilkinson Trust & Middle Rasen Community Fund

Two Middle Rasen charities, The John Wilkinson Trust and the Middle Rasen Community Fund, continue to support Middle Rasen individuals and organisations.

In the past year the Nursery has received leavers books for those going to “big” school, presents from Father Christmas and contributions towards a summer outing and the new store shed.

The charities have also supported the primary school with contributions to their In-touch screens for each classroom, leavers books for those going to secondary school and the CD which can still be purchased from the school.

Several individuals and families have also been supported, this is usually to give a family or individual a helping hand in the short term, something that nobody should be embarrassed to request. You do usually need to be in receipt of certain forms of benefit to be eligible and everything is dealt with in strict confidence.

Organisations who have benefitted from the charities in the past year include the Charity Gala, the Horticultural Society, Coffee, Cake & Chat, Outdoor Bowls club, Luncheon Club and the Braemar Club.

The charity trustees Pete Dawson (Chair), Gary Fenwick, June Fritzsche, John Padley, Dave Pattison and Carole Sellars (clerk) are keen to be joined by a couple of new members. There are generally about five meetings a year, on Wednesday evenings, always lasting less than two hours. If you are interested in becoming a trustee, or wish to apply for some funding, then please contact Carole Sellars, Smiths Top, Mill Lane, Middle Rasen, LN8 3LE or email or contact any one of the other trustees.

Gary Fenwick

Representatives of the Wilkinson Trust came to visit Middle Rasen Primary school to see the Promethean touch screen boards that they kindly bought for the school. The children were very keen to demonstrate how the boards work and gave lots of examples of how they are used in different lessons. Our School is very lucky to now have these high tech boards in all of the classrooms and are grateful for the grant from the Wilkinson trust which allowed us to buy two boards. Fundraising for a third was done by the Friends of Middle Rasen School. Thank you!

by Rachel Morton (July 2018)

Lincolnshire Emergency Response Charity –LIVES

For LIVES, 2020 was an incredibly challenging year, but with that firmly behind us, we can focus on 2021 and what it has to offer.

Even though the country spent time isolating and movements were restricted, LIVES First Responders were still in the heart of their communities attending to 999 medical emergencies.

Due to COVID this presented a number of challenges, one of which was around the deliverance of essential training. Being a LIVES Responder isn't just about being there in a medical emergency, there are many hours of training that must be completed before going out to a call, as well as compulsory continued training. Their usual face to face training had to be cancelled for a large part of the year, but behind the scenes the LIVES Education team designed and rolled out online training ensuring everyone was able to keep up to date with their training and maintain their confidence in their lifesaving skills.

The charity wouldn't be able to do what we do without the invaluable support of the people in the communities of Lincolnshire. If you would like to hold a fundraising event, arrange for a talk from a representative of LIVES, take part in one of our events or even have us as your charity of the year, then we would love to hear from you. You can contact us on or you can find us on Facebook or call 01507 525 999

Below and above is information received from various sources, potentially bringing benefits to individuals, to the community and to parish groups. The information below may need verifying or require an update from you.

The Lincolnshire Community Foundation, a charitable trust that makes grants to people throughout Lincolnshire including what used to be Humberside. The charity get funding from the Government, businesses, private individuals and other UK based Trusts to support various themes such as children's projects and disability access projects and welcome applications from people in need. One campaign that's making a big difference in many peoples' lives is the ‘Survive Winter' initiative helping those people less fortunate with winter fuel payments etc. For more information on their grant programme and eligibility criteria please visit their website:

The Lincolnshire Home Improvement Agency is an award-winning charity dedicated to making sure peoples' homes stay a great place to live enabling them to retain their independence during their golden years. The charity can help with issues such as adapting your home to keep up with your lifestyle or modifying it to suit your changing circumstances. They can even help out with repairs, putting up shelves or help to make your home more secure from unwanted visitors. For more information please visit their website:

Groundwork Lincolnshire is a charitable trust dedicated to environmental and economical development, helping people and organisations make changes in order to create better neighbourhoods, building skills and increasing job prospects as well as maintaining a greener way of life. The trust support communities, individuals and businesses throughout Lincolnshire to address environmental, economic and social issues by creating projects and services that benefit both people and the environment. If you would like further information on what Groundwork Lincolnshire may be able to offer your community, please visit their website:

The HELP partnership is made up from representatives from all of Lincolnshire's district councils and the county council.  Together they are working together to reduce fuel poverty and the causes of fuel poverty in the county.  They are also tasked with developing and bringing to market sustainable ways for homes across Lincolnshire to heat their homes. An Affordable Warmth Strategy has been agreed and signed by all the partner authorities outlining the scope of activity required until 2016.  Expert advice from the Energy Saving Trust, NHS, NEA and other third sector partners are sought at all stages of the process.

The HELP Scheme is a discounted insulation scheme available to all householders in Lincolnshire. A well insulated house stays cool in the summer as well as warm in the winter.  So, whatever the time of year, it is worth installing cavity wall insulation and topping up your loft insulation to the recommended 10.5 inches or 270mm.  This is perfect preparation to save money on your winter fuel bills, especially in this era of increasing fuel costs.

If you are aged 70 or over, or in receipt of a qualifying benefit you may be eligible for FREE insulation.  All other residents can have cavity wall insulation installed from £49 and loft insulation from £79 – massively discounted from the current market rates.  Private tenants are also eligible with agreement from your landlord. Call the Energy Saving Trust on 0800 512 012 to arrange your free no obligation survey.


Acis Group, which owns & manages homes across the county, is inviting organisations to apply for a small grant.  The type of bids eligible include support for community resources & support for people experiencing social exclusion.  Go to or call Rachel Cook on 01427 675753

Charitable events hosted from Middle Rasen

Haemophilia and Thrombosis Research Trust.

I would like to thank everyone, friends and family who have helped me to raise the fabulous sum of £304.00 for the Haemophilia and Thrombosis Research Trust.  Whilst our grandson who suffers from haemophilia is leading a normal life at school, we are all aware that normal child things such as bruising, or even falling and having a small bleed can be very dangerous for haemophiliacs. I must also say a big thank you to Tesco for donating the chocolate oranges and Lindt chocolates.  Thanks must also go to Christine for all her knitting skills. Thank you all!

Ann Hodgson

Royal British Legion

The Middle Rasen team of collectors for the Royal British Legion appeal have been very active this year, having raised just short of £660. Les Tranter, the Poppy Appeal Organiser for the Tealby and Market Rasen Branch of the Royal British Legion, congratulated the collectors, saying it was a tremendous achievement. He said that to date the amount raised this year by the branch was £8,981.68, probably with more to come!

I must say that from a collector's point of view, the weather on the 2 Saturdays available to knock on doors were the worst experienced in recent history. The rain on both days never stopped, so we got very wet! In fact, it was so wet on the first Saturday that I abandoned the idea and watched England beat New Zealand instead! The second Saturday, I had no option but to chance the weather and so, got soaked – It was a shame that I stopped home to see the rugby World Cup Final before I ventured out!!

One thing that stands out to me when collecting for this worthwhile charity is that once you engage with a resident you never get an outright refusal to contribute. Many households already had their poppies; but often they would also contribute for another one! One couple this year had saved all their 5p coins throughout the year and put them all into my collection box. That certainly weighed me down, but I was grateful and a little humbled!

Rita Hubbard, who collected from Low Church Road, Mayfield, Meadowfield and Dovecote, said that she collected £135.71. She thanks all residents for their contributions!

Next year we will need at least another 2 Middle Rasen collectors to help share the load of collecting for this superb charity - if you are interested please contact me on 01673-842663 or Les Tranter on 01673-843128.

Ron Myland

Christian Aid in Middle Rasen - 2019

The week of 12 th - 18 th May saw a whole host of volunteer distributors and collectors pounding the streets and roads of Middle Rasen dropping off and collecting Christian Aid envelopes.

This particular week connects people in our village and brings together our 2 churches in the House-to-House collections. It also helps connect our churches to people in the village who are not regular attendees, but who enthusiastically support the concept of Christian Aid, and its own connection with overseas partners. Throughout the year we hear about Christian Aid's work and the positive impact it has all around the world.

There were some 19 volunteers altogether in 2019, organised into 16 different locations by Joyce Rhodes, our local co-ordinator. The sum collected amounted to a magnificent £902.15, with a further £52.50 in Gift Aid. Joyce Rhodes has been involved since 2006, during which time the many different volunteers have raised some £11,500 from House to House collections, together with Gift Aid where appropriate. Joyce has now stood down from the co-ordinator role but will continue to be a volunteer collector. A very big thank you to Joyce for yet another involvement in the community of Middle Rasen.

Ron Myland

Congratulations to Melonie Brunton and Pat Macrae who took part in a 100 km "Ride the Night" for the Women v Cancer charity on 25th May 2019 ....... reports below

Melonie Brunton

I set myself the challenge of riding 100 km (64 miles) for the charity Women V Cancer. How hard could it be? I knew I would ride from Windsor racecourse to Buckingham Palace and back. The extra challenge was that my start time was 10pm.

My husband Chris, and my youngest son Ben became my training partners. Lincolnshire may be flat but it doesn't feel it when you are on a bike! At the start of my training, 5 miles was enough but as the months went by I found 30 miles relatively easy and I had definitely got faster.

At Windsor it was a sea of pink. I was number 1621 and from 9pm I watched as waves of 50 cyclists set off (women only!). Feeling nervous and apprehensive I was soon away too.

The route was well signposted and at 1am I cycled down the Mall towards Buckingham Palace. I had to have a quick pit stop for the mechanics to sort out my gears after hitting a pothole! The return journey, along a different route, eventually gave way to sunrise. Although tired, I was elated to cross the finish line and receive my medal!

A big thank you to all who sponsored me, £770 was raised in total for Ovarian cancer action, Breast cancer care and Jo's cervical cancer trust.

Pat Macrae

On May 25 th I completed this years “Ride The Night London 106km” in about 7 hours. Approx 1900 ladies set out from Windsor Racecourse starting at 9pm riding into London and back. Everyone taking part had an amazing night! This is my 2nd year taking part. Will there be a 3rd one? Who knows, but it's very addictive. Thank you to everyone who has supported and sponsored me. This year I've managed to raise £750 to the 3 cancer charities this event supports, Breast, Ovarian & Cervical. 3 amazing charities!


Follow the Rev'd David Post and his support of Christian Organisations like SAT-7 and their work in the Middle East

Richard Harries and his walks and other activities raising funds and resources for Global Angels and other charities

Weeks Family who are supporting the Etham Maul Foundation and other charities

Smalls for All is a charitable organisation collecting and distibuting underwear to Africa. <<more>>
Shine Malawi is another group collecting for Africa and currently being supported in the village <<more>>

In January 2020 the Middle Rasen Duck Race raised £1126.10 for local charitable causes

and the 2019 Middle Rasen Tractor Run raised £1044 in support of Cancer Research UK.


The Tractor Run picture is produced with thanks to the Market Rasen Mail

Mesothelioma UK  Coffee Morning.

I would just like to say a huge thank you to all those who helped & supported the Mesothelioma UK coffee morning on the 10th November. A total of £752 was raised for the Charity.  I was diagnosed with this Asbestos related lung cancer over 3 years ago now, with no idea how I contracted this disease. Mesothelioma UK has helped me through this along with The Hope Clinic at Leicester Royal Infirmary. I'm grateful - & humbled - by the thoughts & prayers of friends in Market Rasen & Middle Rasen. ...Thank you,  Joan Franklin .


St Barnabas Hospice, Lincoln

Sheila Robinson is raising funds for St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln with a Wing Walk at Wickenby Airfield on Sunday 21st July. To donate go to ....I have just undertaken the most thrilling fund raising attempt of my life. The Tandem Skydive. There were a few delays due to weather conditions but at 3.30pm we were given a jump suit to put on with a helmet, goggles and gloves and were introduced to our “jump” partner. We then set off for the small plane along with my cameraman who was to hang outside the plane and record my leap into the wide blue yonder.

We climbed above the clouds to 15,000 feet and launched ourselves into the air, which was minus 20 degrees, and did a freefall at 120 MPH. Exhilarating but cold! After the parachute opened, there was time to appreciate the patchwork laid out beneath us. Rob pointed out the towns and villages, the sea and the Humber Bridge and Estuary.  Too soon, it was over and Rob made a perfect landing. The final total raised, £1,380, was handed into the St Barnabas Hospice in Lincoln, being enough to fund medication for two weeks for the whole unit. Sheila Robinson

Wing Walk 8th September 2019

This challenge should have taken place on 21 st July, but due to a fault on the aeroplane, the Wing Walk had to be postponed. Ironically, the day would have been perfect for it, surely we wouldn't get such conditions again! But all our prayers were answered and on the 8 th September, the day was clear and warm. I set off for Wickenby Airfield at the appropriate time, ready for my briefing! At 2.40pm it was my turn! The pilot and I discussed the procedure and how I wanted a flight fit for an almost 81 year old. Then came the tricky bit – I had to get on to the top wing! With help from a handy gentleman, I popped up like a cork from a bottle and was ready to be strapped on!

I felt very secure and gave the signal that I was ready to go. The views of the fields, animals, houses and gardens were stunning. The wind was a bit problematic so I couldn't the high kicks I had planned to do, but I managed to wave to the crowds watching from below. It was an exhilarating, exciting and thrilling experience. I am so happy to have done it. I would like to thank my sons and partner, wonderful friends from U.3.A. and friends who came down from Sheffield to support me. I have raised about £1,600 for St Barnabas Hospice. £1600 will pay for 80 hours of home nursing care! A big thank you to all my generous sponsors for their contributing to a very worthwhile cause. 

Sheila Robinson


Francis Picksley is delighted to announce that the amount raised in the Church of England Children's Society Boxes in Middle Rasen this year is £331.98. Thank you to all those who support this very worthwhile cause.

Middle Rasen's Macmillan Coffee Morning raised £420 for charity.

If you or someone you know in the village needs help visit the page setting out how to access Charitable Funding from the village trusties.