The Bhutan Society Trust Fund
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Bhutan Society Trust Fund

The Bhutan Society Trust Fund (the Trust) is a small charity created in 1994 to support good causes in the Kingdom of Bhutan. In the years since, it has helped disabled and disadvantaged children and adults, education, health services, ancient buildings, cultural and horticultural projects and Bhutanese charities, with small well focused grants.

To contact the Trust, please email the Secretary, Susan Gross, at

If you would like to donate, please contact the Treasurer, David Glazebrook, at:
82 Sterndale Road, London W14 0HX,
or on 07961 301764.

In 2014 and 2017 money was raised to fund the transportation of wheelchairs and other equipment from the UK to Bhutan, in partnership with the charity Physionet. This was distributed by the Disabled Persons' Association of Bhutan, who had received help from the Trust when first setting up. Some of the 2017 equipment was sent to Drak-Tsho Vocational Training Centre for the Disabled, in East Bhutan, to be used by their pupils. This latter charity has also had grants to enable specialised training for its teachers, and to acquire equipment for their student-run bakery in Thimpu. Also in the 2017 consignment was maternity clothing and equipment to be distributed in the East by the charity Opening Your Heart to Bhutan. The Trust has supported Primary Health Care, and Basic Health Units in remote areas by funding a handbook 'Where there is no doctor' and supplying Braille watches. It has purchased instruments for the Blind Musicians' Training Centre, whose musicians perform at both private and public events. In 2018 the Fund helped to ship 5,000 books for children and adults to Bhutan, as a joint venture with Book Aid International and READ Bhutan.

The Trust also supports community cultural and restoration projects, sometimes launching special appeals to do so. The beautifully restored Wangduephodrang dzong and Pangsho temple (see photos) are examples. An appeal also contributed to the King's 2009 Earthquake Fund.

The Trust was created by Michael Rutland, Sir Simon and Lady Bowes Lyon and Lord Wilson of Tillyorn. Its remit is described in the deeds as: 'for the relief of the poor, handicapped and sick in the Kingdom of Bhutan, and the advancement of education and religion...'
Bhutan Society Trust Fund grant application form (Microsoft Word .docx file)

The Trustees:

Chairman    Sir Simon Bowes Lyon KCVO   
Secretary    Susan Gross
Treasurer    David Glazebrook
Trustees:    Rosie Glazebrook
Michael Rutland
Andrew Sutton

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