Caroline Trust

The Caroline Trust is a registered charity that supports British Gliding. The Caroline Trust objectives are to:

  • Encourage young people, especially women, to take up the sport of gliding.
  • Encourage and enable people with disabilities to participate in the sport.

Young people who have completed the required training can fly solo at aged 14 – and many will still be flying well into retirement. You can read more here about the what, where and who of the fantastic sport of gliding.

To date, the Caroline Trust has 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 Trust bursaries have sparked interest and led to careers in aviation. By supporting British Gliding, the Caroline Trust also supports the UK’s aviation and aerospace industry.

There are six Caroline Trust trustees, all of whom are actively involved in gliding. The lead trustee is Yvonne Elliott. All donations and gifts are allocated to the Caroline Trust beneficiaries. No deductions are made for administration and no payments are made to Trustees. The Caroline Trust is the BGA’s adopted charity. The BGA provides this website and other support at no cost to the Caroline Trust.

Please help the Caroline Trust to support young glider pilots

The Caroline Trust 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 using this link to our secure donation payment webpage


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

Thanks very much for your interest.

Click here for application page


UK Registered Charity no. 1089009