About Ed

The Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust was set up in memory of Edward De Nunzio, a young man of 18 who died in a tragic accident in February 2011. Ed loved aeroplanes, travel and skiing. This site, and the Trust, are inspired by his interests and passions. To read more about Ed's story, see the About Ed section.

Our Work

The Trust aims to work with charities and voluntary organisations in York and the York area to help young people reach their full potential.

The Trust primarily supports children and young people from disadvantaged backgrounds offering them opportunities to expand their physical, educational, social and emotional horizons. Grants are available to offer opportunities, education and care that otherwise may not be available to these young people.

Applications for grants must be for the benefit of 5-21 year olds who live in York and the York area. Grants ranging from £100 to £10,000 will be considered.

How to apply

Enquiries for grants should be made by filling in your details on the Contact Us section. If the application satisfies the criteria laid down by the charity, an application form will be sent out. Applications may be made at any time during the year and will be considered at the next meeting of the Trustees. Trustees meet 4-6 times each year. The Trust will try to reply to all applications. Trustees may require further information or may wish to visit the relevant organisation before reaching a decision.

About Ed

Edward De Nunzio was a talented young man who died in a tragic accident in February 2011 aged 18.

Ed attended the Minster School in York from the age of 4 to 13 and then attended Bootham School where he achieved 2A*s and 3As at A-level. Edward had a place to study geography at University College London (UCL) starting in September 2011. After finishing school, he took a gap year and went inter-railing around Europe, before starting a job as a waiter and shop assistant at a local deli and restaurant in York. In January 2011, Ed went to the French ski resort of Courcheval where he embarked on a 10 week course to become a ski instructor. Tragically, Ed died 3 weeks before he was due to come home. He was due to travel to Peru to undertake voluntary work in May 2011 before studying at UCL.

Edward was a happy, charming and fun loving young man whose enthusiasm for life and learning was infectious. Ed brought sunshine into the lives of all those around him and we hope that the work of the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust will help to bring sunshine into the lives of other young people. Ed loved travelling, had an encyclopaedic knowledge of aeroplanes and was an avid Rihanna fan. He was very outgoing with a wicked sense of humour and loved to be with his friends and family. 

Ed was lucky in his short life to have many fantastic opportunities and we would like to think that his legacy will help other young people to lead rich and rewarding lives, encouraging them to fulfill their potential.  

About Ed

Ed attended the Minster School in York from the age of 4 to 13 and then attended Bootham School where he achieved 2A*s and 3As at A-level. Edward had a place to study geography at University College London (UCL) starting in September 2011. As part of his gap year, Ed went to the French ski resort of Courcheval where he embarked on a 10 week course to become a ski instructor. Tragically, Ed died 3 weeks before he was due to come home.

Edward was a happy, charming and fun loving young man whose enthusiasm for life and learning was infectious. Ed brought sunshine into the lives of all those around him and we hope that the work of the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust will help to bring sunshine into the lives of other young people.

We've Supported...

We've Supported...

Bootham School

The Trust provided funds towards the building of a new Art School. The building was named The Ed De Nunzio Art School.

The Island NI

The Island provides support for vulnerable 8-13 year olds in York. The Trust has provided funds towards the salary costs of 2 members of staff.

“Funding from the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust has been invaluable in ensuring our level of staffing is sufficient to assess referrals and allocate mentors, whilst also raising the Islands profile locally and developing its service.”

Jenni Lucas – The Island N1

SNAPPY

A charity in York that provides social and recreational opportunities for children and young people with special needs aged 5-25 yrs in York. The Trust has provided funding for a new project called ‘Young Voices’.

“ The Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust money has enabled us to offer specialist opportunities we would never have been able to. The project lives on past the funding, but on a much smaller scale and has made us determined to seek further future funding to enable this precious work to continue”

Anne Stamp – SNAPPY

SASH

A charity in York that works with homeless young people. The Trust has provided funding for the first year of SASH Active, a programme of outdoor activities for the young people.

Jack Raine Foundation

A York based charity that supports young people through education, welfare and sport. The Trust provided funding for the construction of the traversing wall within the centre.

Bilbrough Country Classroom

Provides education to children with severe emotional and behavioural difficulties. With 8 acres of land and an array of animals, they utilize all the countryside has to offer, to help these young people become effective members of society. The Trust provided funds to upgrade their stable facilities.

York Young Carers

A Charity that works with and provides support for young carers in York. The Trust provided funds for trips, activities and workshops for a year.

“In Spring 2013 York Young Carers were successful in their funding bid to the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust, to provide activities for young carers age 8-18yrs from April 2013 to April 2014. 34 Activities have been delivered, we’ve provided 746 places on trips and we’ve welcomed 47 new young carers. Thank you so much to everyone at the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust. This funding has made an enormous difference to young carers in York.”

Liz Langwade – York Young Carers

IDAS

A charity that provides support to all those who are experiencing or are affected by domestic abuse in North Yorkshire. The Trust provided funding for a play area to be built in the grounds of the refuge in York.

Accessible Arts and Media

A Charity delivering inclusive and user focused disability and youth programmes in York, focusing on the arts and new media. The Trust provided funds towards participant support costs for their Inclusive Music Project.

Atlas

Atlas is the York Young People’s Drug and Alcohol Service which is part of the Lifeline Project. The Trust provided funds to enable the charity to purchase 4 tablet laptops.

Relate Mid Yorkshire

A Charity that offers a counseling service for any young person age 5-18 yrs who is having problems at home, with their family or at school. The Trust provided funds to train more Relate counselors to work with young people and towards the cost of offering this service for free.

“Without the support of the Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust, we would not have been able to fund the places on the training course and we would have been unable to meet the demand for young peoples counselling”

Susan Frost - Relate

Martin House

A Children’s Hospice that provides family led care for children and young people with life shortening conditions. The Trust provided funds to equip their new multi media suite in the DEN which is a TV and games room for their young people.

York CVS

A Charity which supports and gives advice to voluntary organizations in York. The Trust provided a grant towards their running costs for that year.

Yorchestra

This is a holiday orchestra for young musicians in York. The Trust provided a grant to offer bursaries.

Osbaldwick Scouts

A local scout group. The Trust gave a small donation towards the running costs of their summer camp.

Osbaldwick Scouts

A local scout group. The Trust gave a small donation towards the running costs of their summer camp.

The Prince’s Trust

The Achieve programme is a personal development course that provides opportunities for 13-19 year olds. A practical approach to learning which supports young people to fulfil their potential and gain a recognised Prince's Trust qualification. The Trust provided a grant towards supporting 2 Achieve clubs at York College and All Saints RC School in York for 2 years.

1st Acomb Boys Brigade

A national organization. The Trust provided a small grant towards the cost of a trip to Borneo for 11 young people.

Riding Lights Theatre Company

Riding Lights is an independent theatre company in York. They run Acting Up! the only dedicated youth theatre for young people with additional needs and disabilities in York. The Trust provided a grant to fund its Spring Term 2015 Project.

Choose 2 Youth

A project that works with young people with disabilities and additional needs. The Trust gave a grant to fund 11 weeks of holiday provision, including youth work activities and trips.

Refugee Action York

A local Charity that runs a weekly drop in service and a youth club for refugee and asylum seeking children and young people in York. The Trust provided a grant to contribute towards the cost of providing a Youth development Worker to run their 4 Corners Youth Club.

Friends of St Nicholas Fields

A York based Charity set up in the 1990s, which transformed a former landfill site into a thriving local Nature Reserve. The Trust provided a grant for their WORM zone. This helped to fund a play worker and to provide a meal for the children attending.

The Toolbox Project

The Toolbox Project is a fully functional car,motorbike and bicycle mechanics workshop, built to engage 'hard to reach', disabled and disadvantaged young people within the York area. The Trust provided a grant towards providing a full time programme during the 2015 school holidays as well as buying a new tyre changer machine and wheel balance package.

Passport to Success

A CIC that offers Drama Courses. The Trust provided a grant to fund a drama course for young people from the Tang Hall area of York and to provide a 1 week holiday course in August 2015.

Transitions York CIC

A newly set up CIC that provides a safe, supportive and stimulating space where young people can engage with horse related activities that facilitate physical, mental and emotional development. The Trust provided a grant to fund the Schools Partnership Programme for 1 year.

Cruse Bereavement Care York and North Yorkshire

Cruse is a National Charity that provides bereavement support to all, including children and young people. The Trust provided a grant to fund the work of 3 newly trained children’s workers for 1 year.

Personal Support and Inclusion Team York

This team works with children and young people who have complex needs. The Trust provided a small pot of money that the PSI team could access to support these young people in positive activities.

Upfaders Music Project

Upfaders is a groundbreaking DJ, MC and music production project offering free musical training and personal mentoring to young people in and around York who most need the opportunity.The Trust gave a grant towards the running costs of the project.

Positive Youth

Positive youth work with young people in the Tadcaster, Selby and Sherburn area. They have set up a bike library and are setting up a network of projects working with young people aged 11-25 teaching skills in bicycle maintenance and personal road safety. The Trust gave a grant towards the cost of buying a van and setting up the first youth groups.

The Panathlon Foundation

The Panathlon Foundation Inspires severely disabled/deaf/visually impaired young people by giving new opportunities in sport, officiating, coaching and leadership. The Trust gave a grant to cover the cost of training young leaders from York High School.

York Action on Youth Homeless

York Action on Young Homeless publish the "Young People's Survival Guide to York" each year. A small book aimed at 16-25 year olds which has information and advice about many issues facing young people. For example housing, money, health, parenthood, work and learning. It also has places to go for further help, both locally and nationally. Also available online at www.yorksurvivalguide.co.uk

The Trust provided a grant towards the publishing costs of the 2016/2017 edition.

Ed's Art School

The Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust has supported Bootham School in building the Ed De Nunzio Art School which forms part of the new 'Arts Centre'. The main art studio has been named after Ed and is known as 'Ed's Room'.

Ed was a pupil at Bootham school from 2005 to 2010 and had a very special relationship with art and the art department. Ed's art teacher Richard Barnes described Ed's art as 'brilliantly beautiful, visual and academic'. The Trust wanted to create an everlasting memory of Ed at Bootham and support an exciting new building, that would inspire the artistic and musical talents of generations of Bootham pupils.

The building is modern and inspiring, full of light and air, mixing old and new, environmentally friendly, and creates a wonderful new space for the school. The concrete carving by Charles Gurrey is art in it's own right - bold and subtle at the same time. Ed would be delighted!

The Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust has supported Bootham School in building the Ed De Nunzio Art School which forms part of the new 'Arts Centre'. The main art studio has been named after Ed and is known as 'Ed's Room'. Ed's art teacher Richard Barnes described Ed's art as 'brilliantly beautiful, visual and academic'. Ed loved art!

The Trust hopes that the exciting new building will provide an everlasting memory of Ed at Bootham and inspire the artistic and musical talents of generations of Bootham pupils.  

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News/Media

Martins House

A Hospice for children and young people in Boston Spa. The Trust has provided funds to supply a wheelchair roundabout and an orchard swing for their new visual and therapeutic outdoor play area.

Upfaders Youth Music Project

Upfaders is an inclusive and accessible modern music project for disadvantaged young people aged 13-25. The Trust has provided a grant towards the cost of delivering intensive 12 week courses in York over the next 3 years.

22/03/14 - York Evening Press

New Art School in York named after Former Bootham School pupil Ed De Nunzio.

04/12/12 - York Evening Press

The Ed De Nunzio Charitable Trust makes it first donation to Sash - a local York charity supporting homeless young people.