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.
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:
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.
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.