2023-2024 Charity Appeal supporting
Youth Sport Trust

Our Annual Charity Appeal is a marvellous way for our members throughout the UK to focus on helping a good cause each year. We’re proud to announce that our charity for 2023-2024 is Youth Sport Trust.


Doing our bit

to support our communities

Each year the Society’s President nominates a charity of their choice for the Annual Charity Appeal, and this provides a national focus for the fundraising efforts of our members and complements the many local charities that our branches support. This year we have chosen to support the Youth Sport Trust, the UK’s leading charity improving every young person’s education and development through sport and play.

Equipping Educators and Empowering Young People

Youth Sport Trust equips educators and empowers young people with the vision of creating a future where every child enjoys the life-changing benefits of play and sport.

Youth Sport Trust is a children’s charity founded in 1995 to harness the power of play and sport in children’s education and development.

 Too many of our children continue to face health and wellbeing challenges. Unhappy unhealthy children don’t learn effectively. If children don’t learn they don’t achieve their potential in life and we don’t have a society fit for the future.

  • 2 million children are active for less than 30 minutes a day (Sport England 2022)
  • Only 47% of all children and young people in the UK are meeting the Chief Medical Officer guidelines of taking part in sport and physical activity (Sport England, 2022)

Sport and play have the power to improve physical and mental health, foster inclusion and develop character and leadership skills. Not only is physical activity, PE, play and sport vital for the future health of our nation, it’s also a critical tool to improve mental, social and emotional wellbeing and academic attainment. When children play, they are happy and feel a sense of belonging. When children are physically active, they are healthy and achieve.

In 2022, Youth Sport Trust launched their new strategy, Inspiring changemakers, building belonging, in which they set out their mission up until 2035: Starting locally and building momentum, they will galvanise and inspire changemakers to transform attitudes, improve practice and drive policy change. Together they will harness the power of play and sport to build belonging for a generation, improving health, fostering inclusion and developing character and leadership.

Visit the Youth Sport Trust website to find out more.

To donate or fundraise in support of Youth Sport Trust click here: Foresters Friendly Society Charity Appeal 2023 – 2024 – JustGiving

Get Involved

This is when our wonderful members spring into action. From organising coffee mornings, jumble sales or just donating a few pounds, their generosity always humbles us. Youth Sport Trust is in need of your support to help them improve every young person’s education and development through sport and play.



Over 10 years of Foresters annual appeals

Since 2007, we’ve raised over £1,000,000 for charitable causes of all kinds. Thank you so much – and long may it continue.

  • 2022/2023: Foresters Heritage Trust

    The Foresters Heritage Trust is an independent charity, established in 2005, that looks after the many items that tell the story of Friendly Societies and their history. Their vast archives capture the history of Friendly Societies and the Trust provides an accessible research enquiry service for those interested in understanding more about Friendly Societies and their heritage.

    Visit the Foresters Heritage Trust website


  • 2021/2022: Christians Against Poverty

    Christians Against Poverty (CAP) provide free debt help and local community groups for people in the UK, giving them the tools and support they need to break free from debt. CAP’s services provide practical and emotional support and show people that there is always hope.

    Visit the Christians Against Poverty website



  • 2019-2021: Rays of Sunshine

    Rays of Sunshine brightens the lives of seriously ill young people and their families by granting wishes and providing ongoing support within hospitals. They believe that every child deserves to experience happiness and put their illness on hold- even if it is just for one day.

    Visit the Rays of Sunshine website


  • 2018/2019: RNID – Formerly Action on Hearing Loss

    RNID, formerly known as Action on Hearing Loss is the UK’s leading charity supporting people with hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus. Not only do they provide support for those living with hearing losses, but they conduct research and sell hearing products.

    Visit the Action on Hearing Loss website




    2017/2018: Air Ambulances UK

    This is a wonderful UK charity dedicated to Air Ambulance Services. Its work ensures the best patient care is always upheld, and that these heroes of the sky are supported by a trade body.

    Visit Air Ambulances UK Charity website



  • 2016/2017: Canine Partners

    This is a truly exceptional charity that transforms the lives of people living with physical disabilities by partnering them with assistance dogs. They bring independence, security, companionship, confidence and utter joy. Is there anything our four-legged friends can’t do?

    Visit the Canine Partners website


  • 2015/2016: Alzheimer’s Research UK

    The UK’s leading research charity is dedicated to causes, diagnosis, prevention, treatment and cure. They fund a wide range of research projects so that, one day, people can be free from the fear, harm and heartbreak of dementia.

    Visit the Alzheimer’s Research UK website



  • 2014/2015: Sense UK

    Living with complex disability can be isolating, frustrating and confusing. Sense UK believes that whatever the circumstances, everyone should be able to fulfill their potential.

    Visit the Sense UK website



  • 2013/2014: Barnardo’s Children’s Charity

    Every child deserves a chance to feel safe and loved. Barnado’s Children’s Charity has over 100 years’ experience of protecting and supporting the UK’s most vulnerable children. And, where they can, placing them with loving foster carers and adoptive families.

    Visit the Bernardo’s Children’s Charity website



  • 2012/2013: Macmillan Cancer Support

    It’s likely that every family will be touched by cancer at some point. This iconic charity provides physical, financial and emotional support to help people living with cancer get the most out of life.

    Visit the Macmillan Cancer Support website



  • 2011/2012: Guide Dogs for the Blind Association

    Guide Dogs have a simple ambition. It’s for a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support to live their lives to the full. Having a guide dog helps so much.

    Visit the Guide Dogs website


  • 2010/2011: Royal National Lifeboat Institution (RNLI)

    Since it began in 1824, RNLI crews and lifeguards have saved over 142,200 lives. Isn’t that amazing? For people in trouble on the seas, having the RNLI watching over us is such a blessing.

    Visit the RNLI website



  • 2009/2010: Multiple Sclerosis (MS) Society

    Multiple Sclerosis (MS) is a neurological condition that affects your nerves. It occurs when your immune system isn’t working properly. The Multiple Sclerosis Society offers emotional support, financial assistance and every day help for people living with the condition.

    Visit the MS Society website


  • 2008/2009: Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association

    MND affects the nerves in the brain and spinal chord that controls your muscles. Whether you’ve been diagnosed with MND, or you have a friend or loved who has, their services can really make the world of difference.

    Visit the MND Association website



  • 2007/2008: CLIC Sargent

    Is there anything more heartbreaking than cancer impacting young lives? CLIC Sargent fights to make sure lives aren’t torn apart by offering day-to-day support, financial support and nursing teams. Their work is truly inspirational.

    Visit the CLIC Sargent website