In May 2021 the Sir James Reckitt Charity celebrated the centenary of its foundation by Sir James Reckitt, a successful Hull industrialist who was instrumental in steering the family starch-making business towards becoming a major manufacturer of household products with an international presence.
Sir James was a Quaker who had a desire to promote the social, material and moral welfare of the citizens of Hull and East Yorkshire. As a result, he was responsible for many good works in the city and wider afield. Today's trustees - many of whom are descendants of Sir James Reckitt - are determined to carry on his vision.
The Charity was established in May 1921 with the endowment by Sir James Reckitt of shares in the company of Reckitt & Sons Ltd. Its trust deed enabled the trustees to use the income generated by the endowment for such charitable purposes as they deemed fit but guided by the intentions of the Founder.
While not wishing to “fetter the discretion of the Trustees”, Sir James clearly expressed his wish to support causes connected with the Society of Friends (Quakers) and those associated with the city of Hull and the county of East Yorkshire. These remain the priority areas of giving of the Charity a century later.