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The Charity of Thomas Dawson

Thomas Dawson chose St Clement's Parish in Oxford to establish a charity for the relief of poverty and the support of the services of St Clement's Church, Oxford.  In 1521 he bequeathed a parcel of land to provide income for good causes.  In doing so, he followed the example of Jesus Christ, who helped people both physically and spiritually.

The Charity has grown through the centuries but continues to support the relief of poverty and the services of the church.

Today the trustees of the Charity continue to look to be good stewards of the assets and of the intentions of the founder. We invite individuals and organisations to apply for grants (see Grants page) in addition to our defined contributions to the Church of St Clement, Oxford. We also take the initiative to approach organisations and schools that we think would meet our geographical and age-related.

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