Launchpoint – charitable trust

Launchpoint is a registered charity that supports British Gliding. Prior to 2017, Launchpoint was known as the Caroline Trust.

Launchpoint aims include providing opportunities to experience gliding, and to facilitate participants at all stages to expand their horizons in the sport. Applications are open to all.

The small team of Launchpoint trustees are all actively involved in gliding. The lead trustee is Robert John. All donations and gifts are allocated to the charity’s beneficiaries. No deductions are made for administration and no payments are made to trustees. Launchpoint is the BGA’s adopted charity. The BGA provides this website and other support at no cost to the charity.

Launchpoint’s aims are delivered through Caroline Awards and Ted Lys Awards.

You can donate here.

Caroline Awards

Young people who have completed the required training can fly solo at aged 14 – and many will still be flying well into retirement.

To date, Caroline Awards have helped over 400 young people by providing solo or post-solo bursaries. It’s not only young and disabled people and their clubs that benefit; Caroline Award bursaries have sparked interest and led to careers in aviation.

Click here for the Caroline Award application page


Ted Lys Awards

Experienced glider pilots who wish to develop their gliding skills with a particular course, training or coaching can make a proposal to the trustees requesting a Ted Lys Award.

Click here for the Ted Lys Award application page


Please help Launchpoint to support glider pilots

Launchpoint relies on generous donations. As a registered charity, all donations may be supplemented by gift aid, as well as qualify for tax exemption for the donor. All bequests may be exempt from inheritance tax.

Please donate here


If you prefer to use a cheque, please make it payable to ‘Launchpoint’ and post to the BGA office.

If you would like to discuss tax efficient opportunities for donating to Launchpoint, please contact the Launchpoint treasurer in complete confidence via the BGA office .

Thanks very much for your interest.

Launchpoint – Charity Commission no. 1089009