High Sheriff Endowment Fund



LadyShrewsburyThe High Sheriff Fund for Staffordshire is a permanent endowment fund which was started in 2008. Before this, it had 2 former incarnations.  Many High Sheriffs have raised funds for the High Sheriff Fund, but the fundraising for Staffordshire Community Foundation started before this, in 2001, when the Countess of Shrewsbury and Talbot instigated the tradition.  This allowed the Foundation to begin, and to set about distributing grants to needy causes across the county.

In one way or another every subsequent High Sheriff has supported the Foundation, either through fund raising, raising awareness of the Foundation and the work we do, or by becoming involved as a trustee or member of a grants panel.


Lord Stafford held the office of High Sheriff from 2005-2006 and walked the ‘Staffordshire Way’, a 92 mile walk that starts at Mow Cop on the Staffordshire/Cheshire boarder and takes in Churnet Valley and Rudyard before finishing at Kinver Edge near Wolverhampton.


The High Sheriff for 2007-2008, Graham Stow, CBE, was also involved with the Foundation and served as our Chairman from 2008 until September 2011.


Mrs Catherine Evans, High Sheriff from 2008-2009, continued the trend of supporting the Foundation, setting up numerous meetings to garner support for the High Sheriff Endowment Fund, as it was now known.

DickHaszardDick Haszard, High Sheriff from 2009-2010, chose to compete in marathons and runs in order to raise funds for the High Sheriff Fund, along with his own nominated charities for that year. When Dick’s term as High Sheriff had ended, he joined the Staffordshire Communtiy Foundation as a trustee, and still maintains an active role on the High Sheriff fund grants panel, which chooses needy causes to benefit financially from the fund.


In 2010-2011, Ian Dudson CBE, Chairman of the Dudson Group, was High Sheriff and walked every mile of Staffordshire’s canals to raise funds for the High Sheriff Fund during his year of office, eventually raising over £10,000.  Ian Dudson is now Lord Lieutenant of Staffordshire.


Simon Clarke

Simon Clarke, High Sheriff of Staffordshire in 2011-2012 had already chosen his local charities to benefit, but made a generous personal donation in lieu of fundraising.



Sarah Elsom

Sarah Elsom, High Sheriff in 2012-2013, is a trustee of the Staffordshire Community Foundation and a member of our grants sub-committee, also taking an active role in many of the Foundation’s grants panels to determine where grants should be targeted.



  • In 2013-2014, Susie Lillingston continued the tradition of raising awareness of the Foundation and sits on some of our grants panels.

    Ann Fisher 2

Ann Fisher, current High Sheriff from 2014-2015, is fundraising for the High Sheriff Fund by walking the Two Saints Way, from Chester to Lichfield.  For more information on Ann’s year as High Sheriff, the Two Saints Way and the fundraising efforts, please see the dedicated page, here.  Donations can be made through the link below, or by following the links on Ann’s page.


Anyone can donate, whether you are a business, a local dignitary or an individual.

Donations can be made by sending a cheque made payable to Staffordshire Community Foundation and writing High Sheriff Fund on the back of the cheque. You will be contacted shortly afterwards to confirm your donation. Please send to;
Staffordshire Community Foundation
 BL157, Staffordshire University
Blackheath Lane
ST18 0AD