Matthew Hill Sustainability Fund, Promotional launch and benefit event

Sunday 17th July 2pm HEART

The MHSF will be awarding grants in the Autumn to groups for local initiatives that contribute to and inspire the sustainability of the community and environment in Headingley.

We are holding a launch event where you can come and listen to some great music from guitar duo James Birkett and Bradley Johnston AND find out more about the Fund

Jazz, Blues and Beyond: 100 years of stylistic and melodic evolution


The music these two play together is vibrant, exciting and inspiring and is a fabulous way to brighten your Sunday afternoon - and contribute to a sustainable Headingley Their concert programme is a journey through the most memorable and significant guitar music of the last 100 years, from Eddie Lang and Django Reinhardt through to Pat Metheny and beyond.

Tickets: Pay as you Feel (on the door)
Suggested contribution £10 adults (children free)

More information about the MHSF, including details on how to donate, is available below.


Matthew Hill, who passed away in February 2022, was a passionate advocate of the sustainability agenda, a believer in the power of the community to help tackle the climate emergency, and an expert ready to use his skills and knowledge to effect change and make things happen. He was also a lovely man, kind and thoughtful, whose gentle demeanour hid a steely determination. Headingley Development Trust (HDT), of which Matthew was Co-Chair from 2020 until his illness meant he had to step down, wants to celebrate his life in an enduring and meaningful way and have asked Matthew's family if we could set up a Fund in his name: the Matthew Hill Sustainability Fund. This will be a Fund to which people can give as much or as little as they feel able, supporting local projects that make the practical difference Matthew would want to see.

The purpose of the Fund is two-fold:

  • to enable people to donate to a cause that was close to Matthew's heart and continue his work by inspiring others;
  • to provide small grants of say £500 to £2,500 for projects and activities that contribute to improving the sustainability of Headingley and the local community.

  • Although the Fund will be open-ended for donations, the intention is to "get on and do" - Matthew's approach to things. The plan, provisionally, is for the Fund to run from the summer of 2022, until its closedown in 2027. If there are resources left by this time, the Fund might be extended.

    How to Donate
    Donations can be made at any time to HDT, preferably by BACs transfer and including the reference "Matthew Hill" - see the details below. If you would like to find out more, or you would like to discuss other ways of donating to the fund then please contact

    Account Name: Headingley Development Trust Ltd
    Account Number: 65188200
    Sort Code: 08-92-99
    Reference: Matthew Hill

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