Birch Thompson Memorial Fund

Birch Thompson Memorial Fund

Charity information

Birch Thompson Memorial Fund

The charity exists to provide a residential centre to be used by Colton Hills School and other young people's user groups as detailed in our mission statement.

Founded 1981

  • Mission statement

    The Birch Thompson Memorial Fund Gelliwig, our residential Centre in Porthmadog , is a tribute to Graham Birch and John Thompson, teachers at Colton Hills School who died prematurely in 1980. The charity, registered in 1981, was formed to honour their contribution to the lives of young people at Colton Hills School in particular and Wolverhampton generally.

    Gelliwig, can accommodate thirty people using a mixture of bunk beds and single divans. There are beds for wheelchair users and a hoist and shower chair as an integrated approach to all young people was the initial ethos.

    The small, not for profit, local charity is managed by volunteer trustees and has a part-time paid warden living near to Gelliwig. The cost to user groups has always been kept to a minimum and is subsidised by fund-raising of which our Annual event with the Joe Loss Orchestra has been a successful example.

    During the past 25 years thousands of young people have stayed at Gelliwig and experienced castles like Caernarvon, beaches like Black Rock Sands, wild-life like the Ospreys at Pont y Croesar and for some it has been the first sight of and paddle in the sea. A much smaller group have climbed Snowdon!

    Further enquiries for potential user groups and donors would be welcome from :
    Keith Berry 01902 655962
    Web-site www. Gelliwig. Org. Uk

  • Aims

    Birch Thompson Memorial Fund aims to:

    • To provide residential opportunities for young people in the Wolverhampton area.
    • To provide residential opportunities for students at Colton Hills School.
  • Overview

    Established: May 1981

    Registered Charity Number: 512044

    Board members: 12

    Part time staff: 1

    Volunteers: 20

    Phone number: 01902 655962

    Address: 80 York AvenueWolverhampton WV3 9BU

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