About us

Trust Fundraising UK is part of Abbey Solutions, a fundraising and management consultancy with over 20 years experience. Our focus is to support charities and social enterprises raise money from grant making organisations based in the UK. These include Trusts, Foundations and The Lottery. The team includes Penny Cole, Debbie Lyne, Joanna Marshall, John Abbey, Zoe Strong, and Julie Foster.
The team have been working in the sector since the early 1990s. They have an in-depth understanding of what donors are looking for and what makes a strong case for support. Our success speaks for itself. Recently (Oct 202) we have raised over £245,000 of new funds (Oct 2020) for 3 charities. These are new funders that we researched and applied to.
The team also understands just how interconnected Trusts, HNWIs and companies are. Understanding these connections is vital to maximise income. Our services include bespoke research, bid writing,  training and mentoring.
What makes us different
  • We will never take on an assignment where we believe the outcomes are unrealistic, rather we will recommend an alternative route before beginning or we will decline the assignment
  • We only work for organisations that can pay for our services from free reserves and not from the funding that we have helped to raise from donors unless that has been agreed with the Trust, Foundation or Lottery Fund beforehand and a budget line is clearly indicating costs associated with consulting. Transparency and good practice is at the heart of everything we do.
  • We are not project developers. We do expect the charity to have really thought through what they want and why they are doing it. This may seem obvious but we have come across a lot of charities that just want the money before they have seriously planned the project and understand the ongoing costs.
  • We are jargon busters. We do not develop appeals with words and phrases in them like “innovative”, “person centred”,  “clients”, “service users” etc. We are down to earth, focussing on the impact the project will have. A strong detailed budget that makes sense is key. We do not have budget lines for example saying 10% admin costs. What does that actually mean to a funder?