With the encouragement of Hilary’s family, several friends gave some thought as to what might be an appropriate memorial for Hilary. The concept that emerged was to create the “Hilary Cotter Fund” to be used to support travel by young people of the village.
A public appeal raised £11,000 to establish the Fund and applications are invited for grants which will be awarded by a committee appointed and chaired by the Vicar of Rudgwick and representing the whole community.
The intention is that the fund will have a life of 10 years and the annual grant would be funded by income and a run down of capital over that time. Restricting the life of the Fund in this way does not burden our successors with an endowment fund which decreases in real terms over many years.
Grants are up to a maximum of £750 (only one grant will be considered per applicant) and are awarded on a discretionary basis, where need is greatest. To be able to apply for a grant you need to have lived in Rudgwick for at least 3 years and be aged between 17 and 25. If you would like to apply please download and complete the application form and return it to the Church.