Buttle UK exists today because of an East End clergyman’s single-minded vision to raise £1m to ‘launch 1,000 children each year out of poverty.’
When Reverend Frank Buttle died on February 11, 1953 he was just £80,000 short of his £1m target. This fund was used to establish Buttle UK. Since then, the money has been re-invested and multiplied countless times and ways.
As the Charity has grown, so has its capacity to make positive change. Nowadays we are involved in research and project work, but at our core is Frank’s original drive – giving support and relief through grant aid.
As the late Richard Buttle, Frank’s nephew and our Honourary Vice President said in 2015, ‘Sadly the issues that inspired Frank to act 80 years ago are still confronted by Buttle UK on a daily basis. I am sure Frank would be proud of Buttle UK’s work today, but would be sorry (although not surprised) its services are still so necessary.’
Our ethos is expressed in our mission and values; together they underpin our current work and our goals for the future.
The maintenance, education and advancement in life of children and young people who through poverty and family circumstances are in need of, and will benefit significantly from, Buttle UK’s support.
Non-judgmental. Focused on the needs of the child without passing comment on those around them.
Expert. Can be trusted by donors to make a difference with their money. Can be relied on by beneficiaries to do the right thing for them, championing their cause if it is being overlooked. Having the courage of our convictions, to back a solution that may be divisive or challenging.
Personal. Not a huge corporate entity – a small organisation inspired by one visionary. Flexibility – able to answer to the needs of individuals with bespoke solutions.
Practical. The on-the-ground knowledge and years of experience to develop solutions that work in the real world – not just on paper. Innovative where a new solution or approach is needed.
Connected. Working in partnership with the front line workers who understand the problems and are aware of those most in need of help.
Entrepreneurial. True to Frank Buttle’s vision, constantly seeking new solutions, unencumbered by layers of bureaucracy or process.
You can find out more about Buttle UK by visiting their website.