Our history

Buttle UK exists today because of an East End clergyman’s single-minded vision to raise £1m to ‘launch 1,000 children each year out of poverty.' 

When Reverend Frank Buttle died on February 11, 1953 he was just £80,000 short of his £1m target. This fund was used to establish Buttle UK. Since then, the money has been re-invested and multiplied countless times and ways.

As the Charity has grown, so has its capacity to make positive change. Nowadays we are involved in research and project work, but at our core is Frank’s original drive – giving support and relief through grant aid.

As the late Richard Buttle, Frank’s nephew and our Honourary Vice President said in 2015, ‘Sadly the issues that inspired Frank to act 80 years ago are still confronted by Buttle UK on a daily basis. I am sure Frank would be proud of Buttle UK's work today, but would be sorry (although not surprised) its services are still so necessary.’

In 2015 we produced a full history of Buttle UK that can be viewed below.


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