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Charity spotlight: The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust

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Tyl by NatWest's Giveback Community Fund has been providing support where it’s needed since 2021, channeling much-needed funding to charities across the UK.

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust is a pillar of its community and is just one of the initiatives that we’re proud to support.

A community fights back

The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust was formed in 2011 after the local council closed and then sold the town’s museum building and put the artefacts it contained into storage. This decision caused a lot of anger in Strathaven as the building and its grounds had been bequeathed to its residents by local merchant John Hastie around a century before.

In response, a group of local people joined forces to form The Strathaven John Hastie Museum Trust, which held its first exhibition of many in 2012. Without a permanent home, the years that followed saw the trust rent buildings on short-term contracts so that it could hold annual exhibitions covering subjects relevant to the local area, such as weaving, transport, farming and education.

Since that time the trust has fostered a close relationship with the local community, and in particular with the schools in the area. It holds informative workshops for local schoolchildren and lends material to schools.

Tyl’s donation being put to good use

The trust has now secured premises for the next two years, which will help it engage more with the public, host more exhibitions and, hopefully, bring in more volunteers as well. We’re pleased to hear that it’s putting our donation to good use by buying more units to display its impressive collection, and that the money we’ve provided means that the trust can look forward to a more stable financial future.

More about Giveback

The Giveback Community Fund is at the heart of our business here at Tyl: with every card transaction our customers take, we donate a portion to the Giveback Community Fund, to support good causes. So, the more successful our Tyl customers are, the bigger the Tyl Giveback Community Fund grows, the bigger the impact we can have in our customers’ local communities – it’s a win-win-win situation.

We hope to bring more and more charities into the Giveback fold as time goes on. Watch this space.

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