The Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust

The Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust was established primarily to:

...assist young New Zealanders from the Wellington region in their training for life.

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Please note the Trust will not be open for applications again until later in 2021.

More information will be available on our website in September 2021.

The Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust is registered as a charitable entity (#CC10199) with Charities Services.

If you have any questions regarding the Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust please contact:

Tyler Ward
Phone: 04 471 7695
Freephone: 0800 878 783
Email: beartrust@trustees.co.nz

Young people training

Who were Winton and Margaret Bear?

Winton and Margaret Bear were devoted to helping young people and both passed away in 1998. Unable to have children themselves, the couple became deeply involved in helping children's homes after Mr Bear returned from wartime service as an army captain in 1947. They soon developed clear targets and ideas about the people that needed their help.

Their desire to help "the younger generation" led them to finding ways to put their money to good work. With the good advice they received from Trustees Executors and their own good judgement, the Bears decided to set up a private charitable trust with Trustees Executors. Every cent, every asset - even their family home - went into the Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust. Their selfless philosophy of helping others has benefited many young people when they left behind a truly wonderful legacy for the youth of the Wellington region.

The Bears formed the Winton and Margaret Bear Charitable Trust because they believed that an investment in young people would pave the way for New Zealanders of the future.

Since its formation, the trust has enabled hundreds of worthy participants to attend health and education programmes, outdoor recreational programmes, school camps and employment training programmes.

The couple - virtually inseparable in life - died within months of each other in 1998, both aged 85. Since their deaths, their legacy and the philosophy of the Trust has been continued by Trustees Executors. The trust created by Winton and Margaret Bear is a wonderful gift to young people, and it is Trustees Executors' duty as sole trustee to ensure their legacy and vision are carried on through future generations.