The James Herriot Foundation Trust
Supporting Future Generations of Animal Welfare Professionals
The James Herriot Foundation Trust has been established in memory of Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot) to raise funds to help future generations of veterinary nurses with their studies and to support them through their vocational education and development.
The Trust aims to provide bursaries to future veterinary nurses that will help where there is a gap in funding and where financial support would make a significant difference or to fund specific projects that would not be possible without additional help for the individual concerned.
Partnerships and Passion
The James Herriot Foundation Trust works with veterinary practices to assist workers in animal care related vocations and has established links with universities and agricultural colleges to encourage work experience and other forms of training for young (and not so young) people who have a passion to be involved in animal welfare.
Donate to their Dreams
The James Herriot Foundation Trust is a lasting legacy that helps to fulfil the dreams of people wishing to become the next generation of James Herriot animal care professionals.
Please help them to secure their dream – Donations to the James Herriot Foundation Trust can be made through this secure website donation page.
Applying for a Bursary
For more information about applying for a James Herriot Foundation Trust bursary please email in the first instance to Ian Ashton, managing director, The World of James Herriot at firstname.lastname@example.org with brief details of your reasons for applying for a bursary and you will be duly contacted to complete the application procedure.
Alf Wight OBE (James Herriot)
James Alfred Wight, who wrote under the pseudonym of James Herriot, became one of the most popular writers of the twentieth century. His books, a series of stories based on his experiences as a young veterinary surgeon working among the farming community of North Yorkshire, sold in their millions throughout the world. Their great success spawned two feature films in the mid 1970s, followed by a television series, All Creatures Great and Small, which enjoyed global success in the late 1970s and early 80s. Alfred Wight died in 1995 but his books still sell, the television series is still played throughout the world, and thousands of visitors continue to flock to The World of James Herriot Museum which was established in 1999 by Hambleton District Council in his home town of Thirsk in North Yorkshire.
Alf Wight was born on October 3rd, 1916, in Sunderland in the North East of England. At the tender age of three weeks he moved to Glasgow, and it was in this Scottish city that he was brought up and educated. From his first school, Yoker Primary, he progressed to Hillhead High School and it was here, following the acquisition of his first dog at the age of twelve years, that he decided to become a veterinary surgeon. He gained entrance to Glasgow Veterinary College in 1933, finally qualifying with MRCVS in 1939.