Legacy giving


The Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity was formed in 1994 following the amalgamation of three local Charities – the Market Harborough Town Estate and Bates Charity, the Little Bowden Town Estate and the Great Bowden (Town Lands) Charity – the three Charities each date back over four hundred years.

Since the amalgamation The Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity has been through a significant period of change and growth.  The value of the endowment has increased seven-fold since 1994, whilst the income generated has grown five-fold.  The Charity has also taken over the Old Grammar School.

In today’s ever changing world however the income generated by the endowment is never enough.  We need your help through your generosity and caring support to ensure we can continue to grow and meet the ever increasing needs of the town and the two villages.


Social Welfare – The Charity aims to foster self-help and the participation of those intended to benefit; to enable less advantaged people to be independent, gain useful skills and overcome handicaps; and encourage volunteer involvement.

Education – The Charity supports students at all levels of learning with financial help towards course fees or accommodation expenses.  All applications are considered on an individual basis and many recipients have reported how the support has benefited their career enormously.

Arts – The Charity aims to help extend the development of performing and creative arts.  The Charity is more likely to support organisations or projects less able to raise substantial funds from other sources.

Heritage – The Charity supports the preservation and conservation of buildings, sites and artefacts of historic or architectural value particularly where these are put on display or put to public use.

Environment – The Charity aims to support projects which promote a sustainable environment and society principally through practical projects, research where this is geared to advancing practical solutions,and education.

A Legacy is one of the most effective ways in which you could support the Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity and thus the many organisations and individuals in Market Harborough, Great Bowden and Little Bowden

The gift of all or part of your estate after debts, liabilities and other legacies

The gift of a particular sum of money

The gift of a specified item such as property, company shares, works of art or jewellery

Remembering the Market Harborough & The Bowdens Charity in your Will would be a very generous and special way of helping others and will ensure the continuation of our works long into the future