Our story

Anne Duchess of Westminster was the widow of Bend’Or, 2nd Duke of Westminster, who died in 1953. She set up the charity bearing her name in 1965 and on her death in 2003 the Charity was the principal beneficiary of her will. The majority of the grants made by the Charity have been made since this date and exceed £3 million.

Currently the Charity’s assets total approximately £7 million and the Trustees aim to distribute (after deduction of costs) 4% of the capital value. In the past few years the donations made by the Charity have been around £250,000 per annum.

The Trustees of the Charity aim to assist charities with objectives that reflect Anne Duchess’ own interests and causes located in areas in the UK in which she lived: Cheshire and its surrounding areas (including the Wirral, Merseyside and North Wales) and the Highlands of Scotland in addition to military charities (in recognition of Anne Duchess’ wartime service in the FANY and her family’s military connections).

Anne Duchess had a lifelong interest in riding and horses and she became well known as the owner of the great steeplechaser Arkle. Her connections to racing continue with her Charity’s support of many horse and racing related charities and the Charity’s Race Day. However, donations to non equine related charities form a large and important part of what the Charity does.

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Charitable organisations supported since 2002