Our History

Imperial Charity was founded in 1990 by David McCance and is administered by trustees and committee members who have a deep understanding of 'Special Needs'. They are committed to helping children and adults improve their quality of life. Putting a little more enjoyment, sunshine and happiness into their lives and making life a bit easier does this. We are also dedicated to providing the same for our local senior citizens.

How do we do this? In a whole variety of ways: arranging fun-days to seaside resorts like Teignmouth, Sidmouth, Weston-Super-Mare and Weymouth, organising shopping expeditions for the adults, arranging parties, producing variety shows and lending a helping hand where we can and working quietly in the background, helping other 'Special Needs' establishments and schools within the County of Wiltshire by providing funds for the "extras" that otherwise they would not be able to afford.

Another major aspect of our activities is the provision of entertainment in the Care and Nursing Homes within the County.

Naturally, whether working behind the scenes or in a more visible way, Imperial Charity, like many UK charities, is dependent on its own commercial initiatives, and contributes all net profits to the charity. Nowadays our chief source of income is from our successful Charity Shops based in Westbury, Wiltshire. We opened our first one in September 2007 and have not looked back since.

As a charity we are committed to helping others, we in turn, rely on others to volunteer their time and effort.

Our People


Our Charity and Business Manager. Besides running our shops super-efficiently he also deals with the financial side of the charity including Gift Aid and our accounts


Trustee and Honorary Treasurer. Her spreadsheets could wallpaper Buckingham Palace! With Sally they form the duo 'Hot Flush' and kindly provide entertainment at a lot of our shows.


Furniture Shop Manager. Not only does he view items to be collected first but then organises the collection and delivery of the donated items. Hard working he rarely allows the van crew a lunch break. He also PAT tests electrical items to ensure they are safe to sell.


Clothes and bric-a-brac Shop Manager. Has worked miracles with our new shop. Heads a wonderful team of staff and volunteers


Clothes and bric-a-brac Shop Assistant. Invaluable and takes a great load off Eileen.


Chairman and Trustee. Always interfering with the Shops' IT systems


Another new Trustee. A warm welcome and look forward to gaining his experience


Another new Trustee with experience in care and nursing homes


Drives the van, ensures that collections and deliveries are handled smoothly and helps with the loading and unloading without breaking anything.


A fantastic helper in the shop and with the van team but please don't tell him!


Welcome to José. A great addition our staff working with Mark on the van or helping Eileen in the shop


A new and very welcome addition to our board of Trustees


Yet another great addition to our board of Trustees


Always reliable, he only complains when he hasn't sold anything which luckily is not often.


Turns up week after week - why we don't know - but seriously is a great addition to our team.

Volunteers Wanted picture

We are always looking for volunteers to help us make our Charity shops run more smoothly. It is important to us that our customers receive the best possible service when they come into our shops and to that end we need people who are friendly, reliable and above all with a good sense of humour to help us to achieve this.

Being a 'Shop Assistant' is not difficult. There is no heavy lifting involved - we have people to do that - hours are to suit the individual and best of all free coffee/tea as and when necessary!

We also are always interested in people who can step in to provide cover for holidays etc for our van team. This does involve some heavy lifting so a level of fitness is essential.

If the above is of any interest then why not click on the button on the left marked '...Application Form' fill the form in and we will get back to you as soon as possible

Members Wanted

We are also keen to invite people to become members of our Charity, preferably someone with an interest in the Charity who would like to be involved with our future.


Imperial Charity is registered with The Charity Commission (Registration No: 1020080) and celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2015. It operates by means of a Constitution and its aims are to provide support and activities for people of all ages with Special Needs and Senior Citizens within the County of Wiltshire.

Imperial Charity has a Membership to help it operate democratically. Membership is renewed annually. Subscriptions An individual shall pay an Annual Subscription of £10.00.

Privileges of Membership
Those Members whose subscriptions are paid up to date shall be entitled to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting at which the Officers are elected. At such meetings an Individual Member is entitled to one vote. All members shall be entitled to receive notices of the AGM. As an added incentive to Membership, all paid up Members will be entitled to one free Coach Trip per year and free entry to the Annual New Year Show and Buffet.

Cessation of Membership
Membership shall cease if Annual Subscriptions are not paid by the anniversary date of first approval by the Trustees, or if the Trustees shall, in accordance with the Constitution, determine that continued Membership is not in the best interests of the Charity. To Apply for Membership Please complete the attached Application Form and return it to: The Business Manager, Imperial Charity, 27 Warminster Road, Westbury, Wilts, BA13 3PD

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