Support the Professor Sir John Hills Memorial Fund, to help us build an outdoor classroom

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In 2020 on the passing of one of NCRC’s greatest supporters, Professor John Hills, Dame Sue Owen launched this memorial fund in his honour.   

John, who was married to Anne Power, Chair and founder of the National Resource Communities Centre (NCRC), was passionate about the work of the NCRC and Trafford Hall in helping people fulfil their potential.  So far, with the amazing generosity of our supporters we have raised nearly £30,000.   

Our ambition for this funding is to create an outdoor classroom, which will allow young people and their families who have limited access to outdoor space, to take part in fun and interactive programmes whatever the weather!  

We have a site ready within the grounds of Trafford Hall, and we want to give volunteers the opportunity of working on the build, so that we can help even more people to learn and embrace new skills.  

Continuing with our environmentally friendly ethos, we hope to secure a second-hand barn structure to reassemble on the site, giving a structure a new life, rather than building something new.  

To make our outdoor classroom a reality we need your support to raise our total target of £60,000

The funding will help to design and construct the classroom and also enable us to engage with young people who are often held back by a lack of opportunity and provide them with a chance to reach their potential.  

The Professor Sir John Hills Memorial Fund will provide the funds to build a barn in the grounds of Trafford Hall, which we will use as an outdoor classroom. This will greatly enhance the work we do with young people and families, allowing us to use the outdoors even when the weather is bad.

It is easy to get involved, just donate online and share the link with your friends and encourage them to do the same!

Together we can help build an outdoor classroom and you don’t even need to pick up a shovel!

Donate online here: NCRC (National Communities Resource Centre): Help us build an outdoor classroom (

With many thanks for your generosity.

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