The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust

What we fund

The D’Oyly Carte Charitable Trust funds United Kingdom Registered Charities operating in the UK in the fields of the advancement of the arts, health and medical welfare and environmental protection or improvement – please read specific areas of interest and priorities for support in our Downloadable Guidelines

The majority of the Trust’s grants are single grants over a one-year period.   Occasionally longer-term grants (usually up to 3 years) are agreed by the Trustees when deemed to have particular merit.

The Trustees will consider applications for core costs or projects, and they also consider applications for matched funding.


© Erica Dezonne – Theodora Children’s Charity

The Theodora Children’s Charity improves children’s experience of hospital through their Giggle Doctors who are professionally trained performers. By combining music, play and storytelling, Giggle Doctors improve wellbeing and bring magical moments to children facing huge challenges with their health.

A grant from the Trust has provided magical Giggle Doctor visits for 500 sick children at Southampton General Hospital in the past year.    On average, each Giggle Doctor will see 26 children during a four-hour long visit. Two Giggle Doctors visit Southampton General Hospital each week – giving giggles to over 2,700 children, their parents, siblings and loved ones in 2018/19.