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The charity was started by and now bears the name of one of our founding trustees, the Reverend Geoffrey Morrell. It was Geoff’s vision that enabled us to hold a gift week in 2000 and start to raise the funds that have led us to have our investments today, to be able to support 2-6 projects a year, and to have given away nearly £120,000  since 2002 helping  projects and many hundreds of people in need.

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Geoff (pictured on the left in the photo above) was the vicar of the parish of Shedfield for many years until he retired a few years before his death in 2007. Geoff had a big impact on those he knew because he made everyone feel special and treated all of those who knew him as an individual. As well as a caring and compassionate friend he was also a great leader. A leader who overcame all sorts of barriers to push forward the church Study Centre and Trust 2000. To achieve something worthwhile which is seemingly very difficult, like founding a charity and persuading people to donate to it takes single-mindedness, drive, and determination to push aside the obstacles that are in the way.  Now we must use the attributes we admired in him to forge our own path and continue his vision of a charity to help those less fortunate than ourselves.


We have six trustees, led by our Chairman Anne Taylor. All applications received by the annual deadline are considered by the trustees who short-list them. Local opinion is sought as to the most favourable before final projects are selected for funding.    

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Anne is a founding trustee and is chief executive of a housing and care charity in Hampshire registered with the CQC, the Charity Commission and the Regulator of Social Housing and previously held a number of roles in blue chip and small businesses. Anne also sits on the board of a housing development consortium for charities and leads an industry social care group. Anne is also a trustee of a national social enterprise charity and is a St George’s House Windsor Castle Leadership Fellow. She is also a Chartered Certified Accountant.

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Jacky is the Secretary of the Trust, having been a trustee for 6 years. Before retiring she was Headteacher of an all age special school for children with severe and multiple physical and mental disabilities in Essex for 8 years. Jacky is an active member of her local church and community and also helps to care for her grandchildren once a week and holidays.

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Keith is both the treasurer and a trustee of Trust 2000, roles he has fulfilled from its inception. He was previously in banking for 33 years, having obtained his ACIB (Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers) in 1969, and was a CAB advisor for 7 years.

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Maxine is the widow of Geoffrey Morrell, the founder of the Trust, and became a trustee in 2007.  Maxine worked as a County Council Building Planning Officer and then as a Capital Planning Officer until her retirement in 2011.

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Stuart is a Technical Director at Mott MacDonald specialising in Acoustics. He read Engineering Science at the University of Oxford and then joined the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at the University of Southampton. Stuart is the Chief Examiner of the Institute of Acoustics Diploma programme and was the voluntary chair of Eastleigh Credit Union for several years. He is also Chairman of Shedfield Parish Council. Stuart  joined the Trust in 2019.

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Yvonne became a Trustee in 2022 having previously been involved in fund raising when the Trust was originally setup in 2000. After working at IBM for 16 years and the University of Southampton for 14 years, in various project management roles, Yvonne retired in 2021. She enjoys running, completing her first half marathon in 2022.

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