Friends of Derwent Hill

Registered charity number 1125869

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Who we are and what we do

The Friends of Derwent Hill is a registered charity (1125869) that raises funds to assist the children and young people of Sunderland to attend Derwent Hill Outdoor Education Centre, and experience purposeful, enjoyable and safe outdoor learning opportunities.

FoDH was formed in 2007 and its volunteers and trustees have been able to provide financial assistance via bursaries to hundreds of children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds, enabling them to experience the fantastic outdoor learning and personal development opportunities offered by Derwent Hill in the heart of the Lake District. The FoDH have also funded the purchase of specialist equipment to enable all children and young people equal access to all activities at Derwent Hill.

The aims of the Friends of Derwent Hill

To support Derwent Hill in providing outdoor education opportunities for children and young people.

To raise monies;

  • to increase access to activities at Derwent Hill, particularly by disadvantaged children and young people of Sunderland.
  • to enhance the resources of Derwent Hill in order to enrich the educational experience of users.

To foster links between Derwent Hill, Sunderland Schools and the wider community in order to provide more educational opportunities.

 The Charity and its Trustees

FoDH trustees come from a wide variety of backgrounds and offer their own time and expertise to raise funds. We are always looking for new volunteers and trustees who would like give up a small amount of their time to assist the FoDH. Please contact us at [email protected] if you feel you could help us make a positive difference.

The current trustees are;

Chair: Ray Ross (Interim Chair)

Treasurer: Jenene Brown

Secretary: Gemma Hughes

Trustee: Ray Ross

Trustee: Gerard Lennox

Trustee: Neal Lennox

Thanks to all our supporters and business sponsors who have made a positive difference to the lives of children and young people of Sunderland by enabling them to attend Derwent Hill. Please click on the link below to read first hand the difference it has made.

Friends of Derwent Hill Bursary Testimonies from Headteachers

You can donate via our JustGiving page using the link below:

Donate here

Or you can simply do a BACS transfer directly into the FoDH (Virgin Money) account.

Account name: Friends of Derwent Hill

Sort code: 82-11-07

Account no: 10559756

How to apply for a FoDH Bursary

Please complete an application form and return it to us at [email protected] . Sunderland Schools can apply for a maximum of 4 bursaries per visit.


Friends of Derwent Hill  – Registered Charity number 1125869

Registered office; 3 Kitchener Street, High Barnes, Sunderland, Tyne and Wear. SR4 7QJ