The Patrick Trust

Patrick Trust

The Patrick Trust

Founded in August 1962 by Joseph Patrick and his wife Ruth, to provide grants to other charitable organisations, institutions or trusts, with particular support for Muscular Dystrophy.

Over the years as the Trusts financial position has strengthened it has been able to diversify its grants to a wider range of charities.

In 2012 the Trust celebrated its 50th anniversary. During this time grants in excess of £5m have been allocated to registered charities.

Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

The Muscular Dystrophy Campaign

A personal area of interest for Joseph and Ruth was Muscular Dystrophy, after their son Andrew, passed away at the age of 13 from the debilitating Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy disease. Joseph was so keen to assist in finding a cure for this terrible disease that he became a founder member of the charity known today as the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign.

Over the years the Patrick Trust together with the Patrick family, have donated well over £3million to the charity of which £1m has been allocated to help fund the defining piece of research into Duchenne MD.

The family have been regular members of the board of trustees and various committees of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign, and Julian, Joseph and Ruth’s grandson, is keeping this tradition alive today.

Joseph Patrick Trust

The Joseph Patrick Trust

Joseph passed away in the early 1980’s and in recognition of his father’s achievements Alexander founded the Joseph Patrick Memorial Trust, later renamed the Joseph Patrick Trust.

The Joseph Patrick Trust (JPT) is the welfare trust of the Muscular Dystrophy Campaign and provides part-funding towards the cost of equipment, such as powered wheelchairs, adapted computers and electric beds, for children and adults with muscle disease.

Since it was established in 1986, the JPT has awarded over £5 million to more than 6,000 children and adults with muscle disease.

For further information on how to apply for a grant please visit

 The Patrick Trust today

Chairman, Alexander Patrick, together with a committed and faithful team of Trustees, continues to provide support to the young and elderly, with a keen interest in the Arts, combining both where possible. The Trust likes to assists organisations to make experiences accessible for people with disabilities. The geographic area of interest has been expanded to include Cornwall, as well as the Midlands.

If you are a registered charitable organisation, institution or trust, and feel you might meet the required criteria, please apply in writing to the charities offices. Please be advised that although all applications are considered, it is no longer possible to reply to unsuccessful applicants due to the sheer volume of funding requests.

The Patrick Trust is a registered charity with the Charity Commission. Charity number 213849.

Below is just a small selection of the charities currently, or recently, supported by the Patrick Trust: