What We Do
We organise events that will raise money for the charity. This is a small charity, which does not employ any staff, and so we plan to typically organise just one or two events per year. We anticipate that these events will primarily be attended by Elliot's friends and family, but the more the merrier - everyone is welcome!
Most recently we held a fabulous charity gala dinner at the five star Sofitel St James Hotel in January 2023, which exceeded all expectations and raised a tremendous amount for the charity! You can see photos from the 2023 event in the Annual Charity Dinner section.
In addition to holding fundraising events for the charity, we also really encourage people to raise money for the charity independently. Even better if you can do this whilst challenging yourself to do something outside of your comfort zone/ that you wouldn't usually do. This was part of Elliot's wish; he wanted any legacy to encourage people to live full lives, to have adventures and to make the most of the time they have.
We understand that some people will prefer to give their time rather than money. For example, you may wish to volunteer at a tree planting event which is being run by another organisation, in memory of Elliot.
If you aim to raise money or take charitable action in memory of Elliot then please do 'Make a Pledge' for the year ahead. Email us to let us know what you plan to do that year in memory of Elliot and we will post your pledge on our Pledge Wall.
Friends of Elliot on a 77 mile sponsored walk around the Isle of Wight, raising funds in his memory.
Where the Money Goes
A large number of excellent charities already exist and we don’t want to duplicate effort. As such, our charity’s model is to raise funds in memory of Elliot, and to donate the funds raised to a selection of pre-existing charities that align with Elliot’s core values. Each year we will keep this website updated with the carefully selected charities that receive donations from the Elliot Dallen Trust. The Elliot Dallen Trust is run by volunteers and, thus, there are no salaries to pay.
Amongst other services, Maggie's cancer charity offer free sessions with a qualified psychologist for people who have been diagnosed with cancer. After receiving his diagnosis, Elliot was able to see a psychologist for a number of sessions through Maggie's, which he found to be extremely helpful. The Elliot Dallen Trust has donated £33,330 the fund a part-time psychologist post at the Maggie’s Cancer Centre in Cardiff for the duration of 2022/23. This post will provide many people with cancer with invaluable psychological support during such a difficult time in their lives.
Since protecting the environment was something that Elliot cared about deeply, in March 2022 the Elliot Dallen Trust donated £25,000 to the World Land Trust (WLT), specifically for land purchase in the Maya Forest, Belize. The WLT is an international conservation charity which protects the world’s most biologically important and threatened habitats. Sir David Attenborough has supported the work of the WLT since 1989 and became a WLT patron in 2003. The Elliot Dallen Trust’s £25,000 donation has purchased 250 acres of land in the Maya Forest. This area is highly biodiverse due to its location (it is home to over 350 species of birds and to 70 species of mammal), and many of the flora and fauna are unique to the area. Without the land purchase, the land would most likely be sold to Mennonite communities who would clear the forest areas for agricultural development. We are very pleased to be able to help protect this area and you can find out more here
Jennifer and Annabel from the Elliot Dallen Trust presenting Emma and Dan from
the World Land Trust with the £25,000 donation.
The Elliot Dallen Trust has committed to funding a £10,000 research grant to AMEND for the next three years, from 2022. This grant, The Elliot Dallen Award, is specifically to support adrenocortical carcinoma (ACC) research in the UK. You can find out more about the research projects that AMEND funds here (please scroll down to ‘Current and Past Awards’). Of course, as a rare cancer, ACC receives far less research than more common cancers, and so we think it is important for those who have been impacted by ACC to support it’s research, in order to help speed up developments in the area.
Annabel from the Elliot Dallen Trust presenting Jo Grey from AMEND with the first £10,000 cheque.
Elliot's Values and Our Aims
The aims of the charity completely align with the causes that were closest to Elliot's heart. These include:
Helping people who are suffering from a life-limiting or terminal illness.
Protecting the environment.
Helping people who are vulnerable and/ or disadvantaged in society.