About Us

The Honorable Isobel Cooper-Heyman founded the Pargiter Trust in 2005 to support older people. Isobel was a Trustee of The National Benevolent Fund for The Aged (NBFA) for a number of years and was a passionate campaigner, ensuring older people have the support they need to maintain independence and live healthy, happy lives.

She founded the Pargiter trust to continue her work alleviating social isolation and stress wherever possible for older people living in England and the Bailiwick of Guernsey. Pargiter comes from Isobel’s maiden name, the only daughter of Baron George Albert Pargiter, CBE and Dorothy Maude. Since Isobel’s death in 2009 her cousin, Suzanne Gardiner, has taken up role as Chair.

The Trust is sole shareholder of Sarnia Properties Ltd, a company registered in Guernsey, which remits a sum of money annually to the charity. The shareholding in Sarnia Properties Ltd and other investments act as expendable endowment to fund the work of the Trust.

On 8th July 2014 the Trust established a new registered Charitable Incorporated Organization (CIO) as a separate charity bearing the same name. On 31 December 2014, the assets from the existing Trust will transfer to this new entity, which will take over all activities from 1st January 2015. The CIO provides a more formal, practical, flexible, effective arrangement for the Trust as part of its long-term strategy. More updates will appear on this website.


The Trust’s mission

Through its mission to support disadvantaged older people to be independent, healthy and socially included, the Pargiter Trust is focused on grant making and support for innovation. The trustees work closely with Community Foundations and Charities, to support grassroots projects whose objects are compatible with the Trust’s mission; to benefit those disadvantaged and over the age of 65 to be independent, healthy and socially included.


Core Values

The core values of the Pargiter Trust are:

      • Reflecting the wishes of the Founder
      • Building long term relationships with worthwhile organisations
      • Providing value for money

Pargiter Trust Grants Awarded 2014: Find out how our grant making in partnership with local Community Foundations supported older people in England and Guernsey to live happier, healthier lives last year.


Sue Garniner

Suzanne Gardiner

Martyn Mogford

Martyn Mogford

Victoria Westhorp

Victoria Westhorp


David McManus

David McManus

Our Partners

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