Barnstondale - the charity


As an organisation that enjoys charitable status, we are very conscious of our role in the lives of many young people. A visit to Barnstondale can really make a difference and change our visitors’ perspectives, offering new experiences or overcoming challenges in ways they never thought would be possible. Our charitable status helps us to achieve this and we make sure that our visitors get the most out of their time with us at Barnstondale.


We offer bursary places to children who would otherwise be unable to come and experience our Centre. Individuals who are eligible for free school meals and/or those in financial need can apply.

There is support available for individuals, up to 50% per student, and each application is judged on its merits, therefore, the more information you can provide the better.

In an application (ideally an email or letter from the Headteacher) we would ask for the following information:

  • Numbers of students you wish financial support with?
  • Number of children on Pupil Premium (in the visiting group)?
  • Would you be supporting the costs of these students with the Pupil Premium, Catch up or Recovery Funds?

We can also provide you with some Trusts and Foundations that offer funding support to children on activity and education trips if you wish to submit applications to them too.

Previous bursary recipients are allowed to apply again for a bursary after 12 months but are unlikely to be awarded a bursary at the maximum percentage. Previous receipt of a bursary does not mean that you will be automatically eligible to receive one in the future.

The Barnstondale Bursary Fund will not support:

Whole group costs where financial disadvantage is not justified at an individual level.
Transport costs to and from the centre.
The purchase of personal equipment needed on course e.g. rucksacks, clothing, toiletries.

If you wish to apply please send your email to or by post to:

Jon Muspratt

Barnstondale Centre

Storeton Lane

CH61 1BX

Vision statement 

Barnstondale aspires to provide state-of-the-art facilities for overnight stays and activities for young people, within a stimulating, supportive and secure environment. Achieving and maintaining excellence in all that we do is our priority.

 We aim to offer an ever-wider range of year-round indoor and outdoor activities and challenging experiences to all our users, developing their confidence, self-esteem and life skills, whatever their abilities or needs.


Mission Statement

Barnstondale Centre is a children’s charity, based in Wirral, serving the diverse communities of Merseyside and beyond.

 The Centre provides a natural setting for personal development, through sport and adventure, study and reflection.  We offer a safe, supportive and stimulating environment for youngsters from all walks of life, including those with a range of disabilities.

 We are passionate about transforming the lives of young people, inspiring them to grow in mind, body and spirit.  Team leaders and our own trained instructors challenge and motivate participants through a variety of indoor and outdoor activities, building confidence and encouraging cooperation.

 Groups can stay in high-quality, purpose-built accommodation surrounded by our extensive wooded grounds, which provides exciting opportunities for education, fun and a wealth of memorable experiences.

You can easily and securely donate online to help Barnstondale in its aim of supporting young people!

The simplest and best way is to use the Virgin Money Giving service. You can opt to cover the transaction fees so that Barnstondale gets every penny of your donation and you can also gift aid your donation quickly and easily.

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We know that not everyone wants to try a new service. If you already have a PayPal account, you can also donate using the PayPal button below.

Any size donation is welcome and will go directly to helping young people at Barnstondale.

You can also donate offline, if you prefer. If you’d like to arrange regular giving, or a large donation, then please contact our Business Director, Heidi Hughes, on 0151 648 1412 and she will be happy to help arrange that for you.

Barnstondale is honoured to be championed by many diverse supporters, including our three key Patrons, who take a keen interest in our development and the children’s development too. We are very grateful for their continued support and are proud to have them involved in many aspects of our activity centre’s day-to-day life.   

Our Patrons (pictured from left to right) –

Andy Cooke QPM, Chief Constable of Merseyside

Dame Lorna Muirhead DCVO DBE

Mark FW Blundell Esq
Her Majesty’s Lord-Lieutenant of Merseyside


Barbara Weatherill is a retired GP. During her professional life she had a particular interest in audit, medical education and appraisal. She was responsible for setting up and monitoring processes related to these three areas. Originally from Swansea, she trained in Southampton and has worked in the NHS in Cambridge, Swansea and Birmingham. She has lived on the Wirral for 9 years and has been a Trustee at Barnstondale for 7 years.

Diana Russell has been connected with Barnstondale for nearly 20 years, primarily as a volunteer fundraiser, but also advising in HR and recruitment. She has been a Trustees since 2008.

In her work life, she was Senior Personnel Specialist at Price Waterhouse Deloitte in Pittsburgh, USA, and after returning to this country, was HR adviser to Tilney Investment Management and Sigmatex. She is an enthusiastic amateur singer (but not at the moment) and an avid hiker.

Diana says “I have witnessed many changes to Barnstondale over the years and now see it as an exciting place for young people to spend time in safe and exhilarating surroundings.”

Peter Davison lives in West Kirby, but grew up in the North-East of England, before studying music at Cambridge University. In 1987, he became Head of Development at the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, raising £3m for the refurbishment of the Philharmonic Hall. In 1994 he created Helios Associates; an arts management consultancy whose work has included acting as a lottery grant assessor for the Arts Council of England. Employed initially in 1994 to advise on the business and artistic model for Manchester’s Bridgewater Hall, he went on to act as the venue’s Artistic Consultant until 2018. Since 2008, Peter Davison has been an external assessor for the Royal Scottish National Orchestra. He is also artistic adviser to the George Lloyd Society in Kendal. Since July 2019, he has written a regular arts column for the Catholic Herald and broadcast a series of extended conversations about music for Ave Maria Radio in South Michigan. In his spare time, Peter enjoys hill-walking, creative writing and photography.

Following thirty years in the NHS as a nurse and senior operational manager, Cate Warbrick left to follow her desire to use her skills and passion for individual and team development in the charitable and/or voluntary sector. Cate is currently a church and community development worker in Hoylake and additionally supports charitable community organisations and individuals with mentoring and organisational support.

Cate is a Trustee of St Luke’s Methodist Church and is in the process of forming a Community Interest Company for supporting refugees and asylum seekers on the Wirral.

Cate has been a Trustee at Barnstondale since 2018

John Elliot is Wirral born and bred, living in West Kirby with his wife and children. Spending time with them is his priority, when he is not adding to his over 25 years experience working as a Tax Partner at BWM Chartered Accountants. He is an avid fan of Tranmere Rovers and alongside his work as a Barnstondale trustee is a long-standing member of Liverpool Rotary Club, enjoying the diverse range of fundraising activities that they do.

John enjoys a good book, when he has the chance, IT and above all, chocolate!

Vicki Shaw is a solicitor by profession and has worked in Local Government for many years specialising in Child Protection work. Vicki has been a member of the Management Committee and a Trustee at Barnstondale for over 20 years and have connections to the Centre going back to 1969. She is also involved in the Children’s activities at the church I attend.

Vicki firmly believes that Barnstondale offers a wonderful environment which can enrich the lives of young people from all walks of life.



Jon Muspratt grew up and was educated on the Wirral before attending the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst and commissioning into the British Army. He served 16 years leaving at the rank of Major. During his service he deployed on numerous operational tours to Iraq, Afghanistan and the Falkland Islands. Since leaving the Armed Forces, Jon has worked successfully both in the charity sector and in commercial business, firstly bringing transformational energy and delivery to Broughton House in Salford, which is a care home for veterans. More recently, he took on a senior management role with Amazon, at a time of unprecedented growth due to the lockdown. Jon and his wife, who is a primary school teacher on the Wirral, live in Spital with their two young children. He enjoys playing sports and spending time outdoors and continues his service as an active part-time member of the Army Reserve

Finance Manager

Heidi Hughes has lived in Wirral her entire life. After leaving school she initially worked for Nat West Bank before deciding to follow her passion for numbers and train as a Management Accountant, qualifying in 1999. Since that time, she has built her experience working for a wide range of organisations including QVC, Deeside College and Wirral Hospice. She has a heart for children who struggle emotionally and loves working for an organisation that supports so many disadvantaged young people. Heidi is married with 2 children and spends her time with her family. She, and her husband are regular volunteers at the National Tramway Museum where you will find them driving trams or helping in the workshop.

Operations Manager

Mark Radcliffe grew up and was educated in Liverpool, and worked extremely hard as a Market Trader before following his brother into the British Army. He served 22 years leaving at the rank of Sergeant Major. During his service he deployed on operational tours to Kosovo and Iraq and was based in several countries including Germany and Cyprus. Having recently left the military, Mark continued his passion of working with young people and was appointed as the Centre Manager for Evolve Military College in which he set up a vibrant centre in Wigan for youngsters who wished to embark onto a military career. Mark and his wife, who is an Independent Domestic Violence Advocate, live in Rainhill near St Helens with their young daughter. He enjoys all sports, but his passion is football and Liverpool Football Club which means there will be many occasions in which himself and our CEO will not see eye to eye!

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