Win a quilt for Batemans

Click here to take part in our raffle to win a unique and historic handmade quilt.


Created specifically for The Batemans Trust by members of the Old Moulsham book group in Chelmsford, Essex, this charming and colourful quilt was thought up as a project to keep them occupied during the Covid lockdown.

Composed of squares, using scraps from their sewing baskets it was a pleasant, if exacting, challenge. Others donated money to pay for the wadding, or batting as it is also known, and finishing materials.

All proceeds will go both to Satkaarya, our sister charity in Chennai, where our team is working tirelessly during this terrible pandemic to keep all the children in their care safe, happy and busy, and to our development fund to build a primary school and community centre to help other underprivileged children who struggle to access education.

Featuring hands encircling dancing children, the Batemans Quilt has a special embroidered message on the back which reads: ‘I helped build a school. Made by Old Moulsham Bookgroup for The Batemans Trust. Lockdown 2020/21.’

Measuring 132cm x 132cm (52” x 52”), this unique quilt is suitable for use as a sofa throw, for babies to snooze upon on the floor, or to brighten a bed, and will become a piece of memorabilia to hold onto for years to come.

Raffle tickets cost £5 each, or you can increase your chances of winning by taking advantage of our five tickets for £20 offer.

Entries close on 15 August 2021 and the draw will be made by the end of August.

Buy your raffle ticket now or please send a cheque to The Batemans Trust, 27 Stocks Lane, Steventon, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6SS. (Please mark the back of your cheque ‘Quilt Raffle’ and include your address.)

Each raffle ticket purchased will be given a unique number and the raffle will be drawn using an online ‘wheel of fortune’.



Donate via our 2020-21 wish list

Our Batemans team has been nurturing life’s tree-climbers for more than 20 years.

By providing education, healthcare and a loving home, we help young people develop resilience, tenacity and perseverance – just like Nivethasri, climbing up this tree.

From buying knickers and socks for 10 children for £20 to funding playground equipment at £500, you can help us continue our life-changing work by giving a gift that will help our children face the future with confidence.

Download the wish list here to find out more or go straight to our quick-and-easy online payment portal here.



Watch our Batemans webinar

Batemans is developing some exciting plans to to build a new school and home.

On  26 September, we held a webinar to give our supporters an insight into the progress made so far, including completing the purchase of two adjoining plots of land – and our plans for the future.

Our founder Alex Jacob shares stories of children Batemans has helped, and our architect and trustee Paul Crosby talks through his vision, inspiration and drawings for the new building. Plus find out how to help us raise the funds to turn this vision into reality.

Watch the edited highlights here or the full hour-long version here.

Read our 2020-21 newsletter!

Find out all the latest news from Batemans in our 2020-21 newsletter.

Includes reflections on life in Chennai during lockdown from two Batemans students, updates on our building plans and some of the fundraising highlights from the past 12 months.


Privacy Policy

In order for The Batemans Trust to fulfil its function as a charity, we process personal data
which relates to our supporters, donors, trustees as well as other contacts. The Batemans Trust is committed to maintaining the appropriate confidentiality, integrity and security of personal data that we process by complying with both our legal and ethical obligations in respect of data protection and privacy. We are committed to protecting personal data from being misused, getting into the wrong hands as a result of poor security or being shared carelessly, or being inaccurate, as we are aware that people can be upset or harmed if any of these things happen.

This policy sets out the principles THE BATEMANS TRUST adheres to when processing personal data and outlines the operational aspects of our various data processing activities.

The privacy and security of your personal information is extremely important to us. This privacy policy explains how and why we use your personal data to make sure you stay informed and can be confident about giving us your information.
This policy applies if you’re a supporter of THE BATEMANS TRUST (donor, volunteer, supporter, trustee), visit our website, email, call or write to us.

We’ll never sell your personal data and will only share it with organisations we work with when it’s necessary and the privacy and security of your data is assured.

Who are ‘we’?
In this policy, whenever you see the words ‘we’, ‘us’, ‘our’, it refers to The Batemans Trust.
The Batemans Trust (Reg. Charity number 1072820) is a charitable organisation set up to support our partner “The Satkaarya Trust” in Chennai India in support of vulnerable children.

If you have any questions in relation to this privacy policy or how we use your personal data they should be sent to the Chair either by post or by email.

How this policy applies to you and what you need to know
As a trustee or volunteer processing personal information on behalf of THE BATEMANS TRUST, you are required to comply with this policy and ensure that any procedures that involve personal data follow the rules set out in this policy. If you think that you have accidentally breached the policy it is important that you contact the Chair immediately so that we can take swift action to try and limit the impact of the breach.
Anyone who breaches the Data Protection Policy may be subject to disciplinary action, and where that individual has breached the policy intentionally, recklessly, or for personal benefit they may also be liable to prosecution or to regulatory action.
Before you collect or handle any personal data as part of your work for THE BATEMANS TRUST, it is important that you take the time to read this policy carefully and understand what is required of you, as well as the organisation’s responsibilities when we process data.
Our procedures will be in line with the requirements of this policy, but if you are unsure about whether anything you plan to do, or are currently doing, might breach this policy you must first speak to the Chair.

Individual (supporter/donor/sponsor)
If you are an individual whose personal data we hold and use. We will handle your personal information in line with this policy.

Training and guidance
We will provide general training at least annually for all trustees and regular volunteers to raise awareness of their obligations and our responsibilities, as well as to outline the law.
We may also issue procedures, guidance or instructions from time to time. All trustees and volunteers must set aside time to look together at the implications for their work of this policy.

What personal data do we collect?
We may collect information from you in the following ways:
(a) Our use of cookies (please see the Cookies section below);
(b) You make a donation to us, or respond to our mailings and appeals (this includes when you sponsor a child yourself or on someone else’s behalf);
(c) We send you updates on your sponsorship;
(d) You contact us in relation to volunteering for us, act as an ambassador or fundraise on our behalf;
(e) You attend an event (e.g. THE BATEMANS TRUST annual Spice Lunch);
(f) You request and/or receive a copy of the newsletter or any other materials from us;
(g) You register to sponsor a child; or
(h) You contact us with enquiries or other correspondence (including via social media) or become involved with us in another way (e.g. by indicating you would like to hear more from us, or you would like to make a donation to us).
(i) You are a trustee
We process personal data in both electronic and paper form and all this data is protected under data protection law. The personal data we process can include information such as names and contact details, education or employment details, and visual images of people. We’ll only collect the personal data that we need.
If you interact with us in one of the ways listed above, we may collect and process personal information about you such as:
(a) Your name, address, email address, telephone number,
(b) Records of your correspondence with us, if you have contacted us;
(c) Details of your visit to our website, including your IP address;
(d) Financial information such as a record of your payment for our accounts and information required for claiming gift aid if relevant;
(e) Whether you have a relationship to another supporter (e.g. husband/wife).
We may need to use your personal data to manage your volunteering, from the moment you enquire to the time you decide to stop volunteering with us. This could include: contacting you about a role we think you might be interested in, expense claims you’ve made and to recognise your contribution.
We may keep additional personal information on trustees to enable us to report to the Charity Commission and other government  departments in order to allow us to comply with relevant legislation.

How we use your personal data
We’ll only use your personal data on relevant lawful grounds as permitted by the EU General Data Protection Regulation (from 25 May 2018)/UK Data Protection Act and Privacy of Electronic Communication Regulation.
Personal data provided to us will be used for the purpose or purposes outlined in any fair processing notice in a transparent manner at the time of collection or registration where appropriate, in accordance with any preferences you express. If required by any lawful authority investigating suspected illegal activities, we may need to provide your personal data.
We will process your personal information in accordance with this policy and our obligations under applicable data protection laws and regulations, for one or more of the following reasons:
(a) To administer your donation or support your fundraising, including processing Gift Aid;
(b) To provide you with the annual newsletter and Wish List, to update you on your sponsorship,
activities or information you have indicated you are happy to receive or which you have asked for;
(c) To comply with applicable laws and regulations, and requests from statutory agencies;
(d) For our own internal administrative purposes and to keep a record of your relationship with us;
(e) To keep you up to date with the activities of THE BATEMANS TRUST and to provide you with information about us, our fundraising campaigns, the opportunity to leave a gift in a will, our events, our services, and any other information, products, activities or services that we provide or provide access to (e.g. supporter updates);
(f) To provide you with information about volunteering opportunities;
(g) To provide essential event information where you have signed up to attend;
(i) To manage your communication preferences with us generally;
(j) To ensure that content from our website is presented in the most effective manner for you and for your computer/mobile device.
If you request to receive no further contact from us, we will keep some basic information in order to avoid sending you unwanted materials in the future, and to ensure that we do not accidentally store details for the same person multiple times. If we did not retain this information then this could result in us contacting you again as we would no longer have a record of your request not to be contacted.
We will keep your personal data for no longer than is necessary for the purposes for which it is processed, in accordance with our internal policies.

What must we tell individuals before we use their data?
If personal data is collected directly from the individual, we will inform them about; our contact details and those of the chair, the reasons for processing, and the legal bases, explaining our legitimate interests, and explaining, where relevant, the consequences of not providing data needed for a contract or statutory requirement; who we will share the data with; if we plan to send the data outside of the European Union; how long the data will be stored and the individuals’ rights.

This information is commonly referred to as a ‘Privacy Notice’.
This information will be given at the time when the personal data is collected.
When we need consent to process data
Where none of the other legal conditions apply to the processing, and we are required to get consent from the individual, we will clearly set out what we are asking consent for, including why we are collecting the data and how we plan to use it. Consent will be specific to each process we are requesting consent for and we will only ask for consent when the individual has a real choice whether or not to provide us with their data.
Consent can however be withdrawn at any time and if withdrawn, the processing will stop.
Individuals will be informed of their right to withdraw consent and it will be as easy to withdraw consent as it is to give consent.

What is a cookie?
Cookies are text files containing small amounts of information which are downloaded to your device when you visit a website. Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful because they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. You can find more information about cookies at:

Join our Batemans webinar

Coming to a screen wherever you are… our very first free Batemans Webinar. 

Please save the date, Saturday 26 September at 11am, when we will be broadcasting a special event that you will be able to join via Zoom. 

Yes, we are going live – and it could be in your home, office, garden, anywhere you have a good wifi connection. 

You can gather in your social or family bubbles to watch on your iPads, phones or personal computers. Why not put the kettle on and bring out the cake to enjoy as you join us! 

It’s as simple as 1,2,3 . . . 

1. Log in using the details we will send out

Our founder Alex Jacob will greet you in person on screen with a warm welcome before bringing you up to date with the latest from Batemans/Satkaarya. 

2. The big event

A fascinating insight into the designs for the new school and  home with the exciting drawings and ideas brought up on your screen. 

Our architect Paul Crosby will talk you through them, bringing to life the future for our children. We’re sure his enthusiasm, expertise and foresight will have you enthralled. 

Using his on-screen cursor he’ll point out where the children will walk through from home to school, where they will play and study, and where our staff will work. 

You’ll wander virtually along the airy verandas, exclaim at the well-planned open space for performances, and delight in the surrounding grounds. 

You’ll see visuals showing the heritage that forms the shaping of the naturally air cooled buildings and accessible space we’re developing. 

Thanks to Zoom technology there’s room for all, so we’d love it if you would encourage all your friends and family to ‘Zoom’ in. 

3. How to Zoom

To join, simply send an acceptance email to and all the logging on details will be sent to you to use and share. 

We look forward to seeing you there – and please invite your friends and family to join too!

The 2020 Spice Lunch is on!

Sunday September 13th at 12.30pm

Hosted by Nick and Mary Thompson at 27 Stocks Lane, Abingdon, OX13 6SS.

If the weather is good, please stay and have a socially distanced picnic outside. Bring your own plates, cutlery and drinks. Tables and chairs provided.

Chicken curry and chickpea and spinach curry, dhal, vegetables and rice and chapattis. (This can be packed individually or in group packs). Weather permitting, there will be an update about how our Batemans children and team (some of whom are pictured above) have managed during lockdown.

Tickets are £7.50 each; children under 10 go free.

To book, please email, with your name and the number of people attending, and make your payment via

There’s still time to take part in the 2.6 Challenge!

A huge virtual hug and thanks from all of us at Batemans/Satkaarya.

In just three weeks, our Circle of Support Appeal and Challenge 2.6 activities have raised nearly £7,500, and the money is still coming in.

And there’s still time to join the 2.6 Challenge.

It’s a nationwide campaign, launched to help charities plug an expected £4bn income shortfall due to Covid-19.

Anything with 2.6 or 26 in it will do!

Just think of your own activity based around the numbers 2.6 or 26 – anything goes.

So far our supporters have done everything from run relays equalling a final distance of 26.2 miles (the length of a marathon), spun plates, stood on their head for 26 minutes, pushed through to achieve 26 sit-ups, and done 26 cartwheels. It’s your choice.

For those of you whose athletic days are behind you, or never began, please support others – family or friends – as they do their very own 2.6 effort.

This is a marvellous opportunity to be part of something really big. Get active, have fun, and raise money to help our vulnerable children in Chennai.

You can donate now via the 2.6 Challenge website. Simply select The Batemans Trust (all three words) as your nominated charity and it will take you to our JustGiving 2.6 Challenge page. If you would like to be kept up to date with all our children’s activities please give us permission to see your email address. No one else can.

Or please transfer your donation directly to our bank with the reference ‘2.6 Challenge’. Batemans Trust; Account number: 21628984; Sort code: 404130.  Alternatively, please send a cheque to Batemans Trust, 27, Stocks Lane, Abingdon, Oxfordshire OX13 6SS.

Thanks for your support – and please share your pictures via our Facebook page or email the best ones to


Building brighter futures: please donate via our 2019/20 wish list

Help build brighter futures for more disadvantaged children in Chennai by using Batemans wish list this Christmas.

For every ‘wish’ that you donate, we will send a special gift card that can be passed on to friends and family to let them know you have made a donation by way of a gift to them. Download the wish list to find out how to get involved and give a present that will really make a difference this Christmas.

How does the wish list work?

We will send gift cards to anyone donating more than £10 to the wish list.

To order one or more gift cards, donate via JustGiving, then email with your name, address details and number of cards required.

Alternatively, print out the wish list, complete the form and post to the address on page four as soon as possible.


Major donation provides further momentum for Batemans’ new building project

Batemans’ drive to raise funds for a new school and boarding home has received a massive boost, thanks to a hugely generous donation by shareholders of a Chennai business.

The UK and Ireland-based shareholders of Meritgroup Ltd made the donation of around £80,000 following the sale of their data and technology business, which was set up in Chennai in 2004.

It means Batemans is now more than one third of the way towards our £280,000 fundraising target for the new building project.

Over the past decade, a number of former Batemans students have gone on to work for Merit, including 21-year-old Isabel Ireland who is currently working for Merit’s digital marketing team in Mumbai.

Cornelius (Con) Conlon, chief executive of Merit, said: “We have been based in Chennai for 14 years and the shareholders are conscious of how much we have benefited from our association with the city and its people.

“We felt that by donating to such a long-standing Chennai-based charity, it was a chance to give something back. We are delighted to be supporting Batemans and can’t wait to see the plans becoming reality over the next few months and years.

Anne Desir, chair of Batemans’ trustees, said: “Meritgroup, and particularly Con and his wife Natasha – who is a Batemans trustee – have been great supporters of Batemans over the years.

“We are so grateful for this hugely generous donation, which gives further impetus to our exciting future plans.”

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