About The Mary Budding Trust

The Mary Budding Trust is dedicated to continuing the work of the late Dr Mary Budding who did so much to improve the lives of young children with additional needs in West Devon.

The Trust’s objective is to support children with special needs, aged eleven or under, living within the area of Okehampton, Tavistock and the surrounding towns and villages, by providing grants and equipment. It has been in existence since 2002 and is a self-funding charity (Registered Charity Number 1094213), run by unpaid volunteers.

We appreciate that each and every child has only one chance in life so our aim is to give children as full and rich a life as possible and provide opportunities that might not be available without additional support.

We are always extremely grateful for the generous support of the local community, through donations, fundraising and legacies. Without this, we couldn’t carry out our vital work.

Our Impact

Since the foundation of the trust, we have been able to help improve the lives of children and families in many ways, including by funding:

Mobility equipment, car seats and stair lifts

School lunches and other daily needs

IT equipment and other items to support learning

Therapies such as speech & language and psychotherapy

Travel costs for intensive hospital appointments

Special books and sensory equipment

Dr Mary Budding

As the Medical Officer for Tavistock and District, the late Dr Mary Budding devoted much of her life to the support of young children.

She came into contact with numerous families who had children with severe difficulties and recognised that there was little structured support for them so set out to rectify this. With the help of Mencap, The Mary Budding Centre was opened in 1984 in a converted Victorian cottage. At that stage, at any one time,  it supported 6 children under 5 and gave the opportunity for support from psychologists, medical officers, speech therapists and other experts. It also gave parents regular access to support from professionals.

In 1991, The Centre moved to a unit in Tavistock Primary School, where it still thrives and, in 2002, The Mary Budding Trust was set up.

The Trustees

All of the trustees previously worked in the education or health sectors and are pleased to now be able to give their time voluntarily to support the work and objectives of The Mary Budding Trust.

Sandra Daymond – Hon Secretary

Sandra worked for 27 years as an Administrator in a local primary school, where she experienced first hand the work of the Trust and the importance of the financial support it gave.

Sue Hutton – Hon Treasurer

Sue worked as a GP in Manchester before moving to Devon. With several family members who work in both the health and education fields she continues to have an active interest in the needs of children and their families.

Sarah Pendle – Chair

Sarah had a 30 year career in primary education, ending up as the head teacher of a local primary school. She now works part time in post graduate teacher training, and as a volunteer with adults with learning difficulties.

Elizabeth Marshall

Elizabeth worked for 22 years as a Teaching Assistant in a local primary school, where she worked primarily with SEND children. During this time, she was made aware of the importance of the Trust and all the work they do to help families. Now retired Elizabeth carries out voluntary work within her local community.

Joanna Currie

Joanna taught in Avon and Cambridgeshire before becoming an educational psychologist in 1990. She currently has a private practice, and has spent her career advocating for children and young people with additional needs