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Our charity has quite an unusual structure. The running of the Charity on a practical everyday basis is undertaken by the Executive Committee, under the chairmanship of Flick Seton.

In addition the charity has a group of Trustees. Their job is to hold on to the assets of the charity and in a broader sense maintain an overview that all is going to plan, in accordance with our aims and objectives and the relevant rules and regulations of the charity.

As the work of the charity is done by the Executive Committee with volunteers and supporters, the trustees need only meet twice a year, but are kept informed in the meantime of matters of significance. There are five trustees. Stephanie Donaldson, Vanessa Berridge and Penny Knapman bring a wealth of experience from the gardening world, whilst John Mankelow contributes his financial expertise.

In 2017 Sarah Joiner stood down as Chairman after 9 years valued service in the role. Richard Capewell has taken over and worked for nearly 20 years as Chief Executive of Perennial, formerly Gardeners’ Royal Benevolent Society, a charity which provides a range of assistance to working and retired horticulturists in need, primarily though casework advice and financial assistance.

Richard says ‘Gardening for the Disabled Trust has a long history, and a future when it will be needed more than ever. My hope is that I and the Trustees will continue to support all the hard work done by everybody to make our aspirations a reality. It is a great privilege to be able to do my bit for such a worthwhile cause.’


Legacies are a vital source of income for many good causes and charities in the UK and Gardening for Disabled Trust is no exception. The truth is that without the benefit of gifts left in wills many charities would struggle to survive. Leaving a charitable legacy can also produce tax benefits. If you leave a gift to charity in your will, it will not count towards the taxable value of your estate and may eliminate or reduce any Inheritance Tax payable. This is because the value of any legacy you leave to charity is deducted from your estate before the tax bill is calculated. If you are thinking of doing this it is necessary to speak to a solicitor.