About us

Paul’s Fund is named after Paul Morton who died from a brain tumour on 29 November 2008 aged 19.

Having been a student at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple school in Bristol, he went on to complete his first year at Leeds university studying biochemistry  before becoming too unwell to continue his studies.

We are David and Pippa, Paul’s parents, and after Paul died we set up Paul’s Fund as a charitable trust through the Charities Aid Foundation.

We lived at the time in Bristol and were both in full time employment – David as a civil engineer and Pippa as a community nurse.

In 2010 David was made redundant and this provided the impetus to explore the idea of setting up a small retreat centre where we could provide respite holiday breaks to young adults like Paul and their families and close friends.

Our hunt for somewhere suitable centred on Croyde where David and Paul used to come surfing and in January 2011 our search came to an end when we purchased The Old Bakery, an existing Bed and Breakfast in the centre of Georgeham just a mile and a half up the road from Croyde.

We continue to run The Old Bakery as a B&B open to the public, but we call it Paul’s Place in the context of the charity.

We have a daughter, Rebekah, who works in the charity sector in London.

Paul was a committed Christian as are Rebekah and ourselves. We all attended Pip ‘n Jay, a city centre church in Bristol, and Paul also used to attend the “Devotion” youth group of Woodlands Community Church in Clifton.

Our ability to set up and run Paul’s Place owes a great deal to our daughter, our own friends and not least Paul’s own friends who continue to support us in all sorts of ways and to whom we owe a great debt of gratitude.

 
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Paul's Fund is part of the Charities Aid Foundation (Reg. No. 268369)