Violet Chapman Trust

Can the Violet Chapman Trust Help You?

The Violet Chapman Charity (Charity registration number 299996)was established in 1986 after Mrs Violet Chapman, who was a patient of The Blackdown Practice, gave a substantial gift to the doctors, which was intended to provide patients with services and help that were not available under the NHS. 

The original Trustees were Dr Jonathan Meads, Mrs Chapman and Sir Christopher Palmer who, at that time, was senior partner with Ashfords Solicitors and one time president of the Law Society. The Trustees were, at this time, all volunteers not drawing any salary or expenses, and this remains the case to date.

The Trust has discretion to give grants for medical equipment and treatments as well as giving financial assistance to patients of the Blackdown Practice for numerous purposes.

All grants are given for the physical and mental wellbeing of the patients, and many will gain support by the help the Trust gives in supplying counselling where the NHS is unable to supply.

There are many examples that we could give of the patients we have helped recently and would cite one that required their bathroom to be modernised to enable them to live at home;  another patient who needed a chair that would help them in getting in and out without assistance.  Another example is a patient who had severe back pain and a grant was given for them to have remedial massage 

If you feel the Trust can help you we would suggest you talk to your GP or any person who gives you support and submit an application form which can be found at the bottom of the page or picked-up form any of the Blackdown Practice surgeries.  The Trustees are only too happy to consider any applications.  Alternatively for more details please contact the secretary, Mrs Judy Barton on 01823 680975 or

The Trustees are proud of the speed with which they are able to help patients and in many cases are able to provide financial assistance within two weeks.

The current Trustees are Mrs Shirley Wyatt (Chairman), Mr Stephen Walker (Legal representative - Ashfords), Mrs Judy Barton (Secretary), Dr Susan Brocklesby, Mrs Doreen Pike, Mr Tom Baker and Mrs Penny Browning.


Application Form

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