Chris Stocks Fund

Are you a young person living in Irlam and Cadishead? Are you looking to develop your skills in a ‘hands on’ trade and need a little bit of financial support? Can you also demonstrate genuine ability, drive and enthusiasm?

If yes, why not apply for a grant from the Chris Stocks Fund?

Who is Chris Stocks? 


After serving as an apprentice with Shell and then developing as a senior manager Chris was very successful in his career and, together with HDT Trustees Neil, Graham and Frank, he helped local companies including Thurnall, Opal Telecom and TalkTalk, to become a huge success.

Extremely grateful for the support he received during his early career, Chris decided to offer his help to keen local young people seeking a vocational career. With his belief that practical skills are often undervalued and through his passion to help young people succeed in this area, he set up the Chris Stocks Fund despite the fact that he was not a well man at the time and was dealing with bowel cancer. Chris endowed HDT with funds to support enthusiastic young people with traditional apprenticeships and vocational training.

Since setting up the fund in 2014, Chris, after suffering with cancer for a number of years, sadly passed away on 22nd March 2015.

What is the Chris Stocks Fund?

The Chris Stocks fund provides small value grants to support young people to develop their skills and benefit their future employability.

The fund targets people developing ‘hands on’ practical skills in fields such as: plumbing, electrical, machining, painting, agriculture, etc.

Funding can be provided to support a variety of different items and costs associated with pursuing a particular trade including the following:

  • Safety clothing
  • Equipment
  • Tools
  • Travel
  • Training costs

If you would like to apply, simply download a Chris Stocks Application Form

If you require further information, are having trouble completing your application, or would like an update on a previous submission, please call us on 0161 222 4003 or [email protected]