It has come to our attention that hoax emails purporting to have been sent by a representative of Lord Sainsbury have been sent to charities and educational institutions.  These mails typically offer a substantial unsolicited donation and invite a response to a fraudulent email, Skype or telephone contact.

These mails do not originate from the Linbury Trust; while our name is being invoked, we are not the intended victim.  We therefore advise you to disregard any such emails.  If in any doubt, please contact us via the office of the Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts at info@sfct.org.uk

The Linbury Trust

The Linbury Trust is a charitable trust; it was established by Lord Sainsbury of Preston Candover KG (John Sainsbury) and his wife Anya, Lady Sainsbury, CBE, the former ballerina Anya Linden. The name 'Linbury' is thus derived from the names Linden and Sainsbury.

The Linbury Trust was founded in 1973, since when it has made grants totalling more than 150 million. It is one of the group of grant-making foundations that are collectively known as The Sainsbury Family Charitable Trusts.


The Chair and trustees of the Linbury Trust are delighted to announce the appointment of Stuart Hobley as its new Director.

Stuart joins the Trust from the National Heritage Lottery Fund, where he spent the last 15 years in senior roles, and is currently Area Director for London and the South. He brings a wealth of experience of grant making across the Trust's areas of interest, particularly in the arts and heritage.

Stuart said "I am really pleased to be joining The Linbury Trust and the opportunity to build on its great grant-funding to date. I am excited to be taking that work forward."

Stuart will take up his appointment in November 2019.


The trustees of the Linbury Trust make grants to organisations and towards causes across a broad range of categories, including the Arts; Education; Environment and Heritage; Medical; Social Welfare and Developing Countries.

Within each of these categories, the Trustees make grants very selectively; they give priority to charitable causes where they have particular knowledge and experience. Although Linbury is particularly associated with supporting the arts, some 65 per cent of the value of grants made over the last ten years has been to other causes.

The Trustees generally do not make grants in response to unsolicited applications and they do not make grants to individuals.

The following is a brief overview of some of the more significant programmes of support provided by the Linbury Trust:

Together with the charitable trusts endowed by Lord Sainsbury's brothers, Sir Timothy Sainsbury and the late Simon Sainsbury, Linbury financed the National Gallery's Sainsbury Wing, which opened in 1991. It also enabled Tate Britain and the Museum of London each to create a Linbury Gallery for temporary exhibitions. The Linbury Studio Theatre is named in recognition of the major contribution to the redevelopment of the Royal Opera House. In 1987, Lady Sainsbury founded the Linbury Prize for Stage Design, which identifies and encourages talented newcomers to the field of theatre design; the Prize continues to be funded solely by the Linbury Trust.

The Trustees have three particular areas of interest within this category: promoting the study of history; support for organisations that work with those suffering from poor literacy skills and those with dyslexia; and education in the arts.

Linbury has assisted some of the country's most important museums in major development projects. For example, over the last few years the Trustees supported the redevelopment of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford, to which Linbury was the lead private benefactor.

The Trustees have supported the Ashden Awards since 2001, which promote the use of sources of renewable energy both in the UK and in developing countries.

For around 10 years, commencing in the early 1990s, Linbury funded more than 40 research projects into various aspects of CFS / ME (Chronic Fatigue Syndrome / Myalgic Encephalomyelitis). This pioneering programme of sustained support led to great strides in the acceptance and understanding of this condition by both the medical establishment and general public.

The Trustees support charitable organisations that work with the socially excluded and disadvantaged. They have a particular interest in helping young people to avoid, or escape from, the cycle of educational under-achievement, unemployment, and drug use that all too often leads to involvement in the criminal justice system.

The Trustees have an interest in supporting medical causes in Palestine. For many years they also funded scholarship and bursary programmes for South African students.

The Linbury Trust is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner's Office.

Each trust is an independent legal entity with its own separate and autonomous board of trustees, actively led by an individual member of the Sainsbury family, and is registered as a data controller with the UK Information Commissioner's Office .