Thomas Betton, a City merchant and Ironmonger who died in 1723, bequeathed half the interest of his estate to redeem British slaves in Barbary and Turkey, one quarter to charity schools in London and one quarter for relief in need. Following the abolition of slavery the use of the half share was altered so that grants could be given to Church of England schools in England and Wales.
The Trust makes grants for educational activities and resources to schools in areas of high deprivation. It works in partnership with the schools, supporting work which addresses the social, emotional and behavioural development of children from challenging backgrounds. The good practice developed by the Betton's partner schools is disseminated through the Church of England website, christianvalues4schools.co.uk
The company makes a number of Presentations to Christ's Hospital and has two Presentations in perpetuity bequeathed by Thomas Hanbey in 1782. A bursary for a pupil at King Edward's School, Witley is also given.
One quarter of Thomas Betton's charity is for schools in the dioceses of London and Southwark. From this income the company gives an annual grant to support two choristers at St Paul's Cathedral School.
The fourth quarter share is devoted to appeals for relief in need from charities addressing disadvantage through educational projects for children and young people.