About

The Ursula Keyes Trust

Ursula Keyes was a prominent Chester resident who set up a Charitable Trust prior to her death in 1989 at the age of 75.

There are eight Trustees, including a Chairman, who have a responsibility to maintain and administer the Trust and its funds. This involves the maintenance of assets and distribution of income. They examine each application for funding and reach a collective decision as to which applications to support. The Trustees meet every quarter, in January, April, July and October. The Trust is registered and regulated by the Charities Commission (registration no. 517200), from whom further details can be obtained.

Ursula Keyes

Ursula was the only daughter of Sarah and Edward Keyes and attended the Queen’s School from 1929-34. Her father was a well known businessman active in city life who became Sheriff, Alderman and later Lord Mayor of the city.

Miss Keyes was particularly interested in the arts and theatre. She worked with her father, who founded and developed The Royalty Theatre. In its heyday many nationally known stars appeared there. During her lifetime Miss Keyes supported innumerable charities, usually without public knowledge or acclaim and was always ready to help and support worthy causes.

Miss Keyes showed interest in anything medical and was fascinated by new technology and keen to foster research.

The Charitable Trust that she set up has its roots in supporting the medical needs of the local community. This included, for instance, a large donation of £200,000 to establish the new Ursula Keyes Breast Care Centre at the Countess of Chester Hospital.

This is just one of a great number of donations, large and small, that have been made over the years to individuals and organisations in the Chester area including local schools and community projects.

“Thank you to the Ursula Keyes Trust and all the other donors and fundraisers who have helped us so far.”

Chester City Baths

“We are hugely grateful for the outstanding support, belief and encouragement we have received from everyone involved in this project. It would not have been possible without them.”

Chester FC Community Trust

“We are extremely grateful to everyone who has contributed to enable us to replace the mobile classroom and ensure that we can support families in our local community for many more years.”

Oldfield Pre-School

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