Good causes

Trustees consider a diverse range of proposals, with a focus on projects which address the areas listed below. These reflect Dr Sowerby’s personal interests and priorities, which guide the trustees in their grant making.


  • Primary care & ‘out of hospital’ provision
  • End of life care, terminal illness & hospices
  • Patient-Professional trust and interaction
  • The Arts; supporting young or emerging creative artists and writers, and performance by all ages in local communities
  • North Yorkshire and its communities
  • Natural environment; support for the enhancement of horticulture, trees & forests
  • Conservation; support for the protection and management of ecosystems and biodiversity; and practices that protect, manage, and restore natural habitats.
  • Teaching of philosophy in schools and the encouragement of creative and critical thinking amongst children.
  • Support for the study of philosophy within medical education
  • Providing artistic and creative activities to improve the health and wellbeing of at-risk or disadvantaged groups.

Examples of the grants the trustees have made can be seen on ‘our grants’ page.

Thanks to the Foundation’s support, we have been able to run jazz education events for literally hundreds of young people in parts of the north-east which otherwise would never have experienced them, and in some places (eg Darlington) we have been able to help create local community institutions which are now delivering jazz education  on a long-term sustainable basis, with constant support from NYJO. We could not have done any of this without support from the Peter Sowerby Foundation.  
National Youth Jazz Orchestra