Through the generous support of donors — individuals, business partners, trusts and foundations — we can do our thing, dream big and map out a bright, exciting future.


Ushaw is a registered independent charity and we rely on donations to help us run as an arts, heritage and cultural attraction for visitors and local communities here in North East England.

Our estate spans hundreds of acres. Our buildings are centuries old. We preserve and maintain a historic house, chapels, park, gardens, library and historical collections – as well as staging cultural events and providing education and learning opportunities – all year round.

After years of slow decline, we have transformed Ushaw estate into a vibrant visitor destination and much-loved community resource.

We are unique.

We bring wonder, amazement and surprise.

We cultivate curiosity.

DonateTo our Just Giving Page – if you are a UK taxpayer, please Gift Aid your donation (it costs you nothing but we can claim an extra 25%)

Ushaw relies on its generous donations 

If you want to help us dream big and map out a bright, exciting future.


Volunteers are the heartbeat of Ushaw.

They give their time generously, do amazing things and put smiles on visitors’ faces. We’re so grateful to everyone who has made a commitment to support our new journey as an arts, heritage and events attraction.

We have lots of interesting volunteer roles. You could be tending to our formal gardens, welcoming guests, leading guided tours, stewarding at events or helping run our gift shop.

If you’d like make new friends, be part of a Durham success story and spend time in beautiful surroundings, volunteer roles at Ushaw are open to all; irrespective of the time you can commit each month.

To find out more about volunteering at Ushaw, email:  


As an independent charity, we welcome offers to fundraise, support and donate to our cause.

We know that times have been tough, for everyone, which is we deeply value the kindness and generosity of those that love what we’re doing and want us to succeed.

There are a number of great ways you can help:

  • Fundraise
    No matter how big or small – by baking cakes, staying awake or running for miles
  • Adopt us as your ‘chosen charity’At your workplace, school, community group or church
  • Donate To our Just Giving Page – if you are a UK taxpayer, please Gift Aid your donation (it costs you nothing but we can claim an extra 25%)
  • Be an Angel When you shop on Amazon. Please register for Amazon Smile and choose ‘Ushaw College’ as your chosen charity, we’ll receive a % of your purchase as a donation directly from Amazon at no extra cost to you.

Thank you!

Ushaw is truly grateful for the generosity and support of all its donors. 

If you are interested in finding out more, please get in

The Ushaw Hedgehog Fund 

Help us build a hedgehog sanctuary for Wibbly the three-legged-hog and her friends!

Friends of Ushaw

The Friends were created in 2016 to help maintain Ushaw’s beautiful buildings, collections and gardens and support new activities. By becoming a Friend you can help us support us now and preserve our amazing place for future generations.

As a Friend, you can enjoy;

  • Unlimited annual House, Chapels, Gardens and parkland entry
  • Free annual car parking
  • 10% discount in the shop and café
  • Priority booking for selected special events
  • A calendar of exclusive special events
  • Bi-Annual newsletter
  • Acknowledgment of your support in newsletter and website (optional)

If you’d like to become a Friend of Ushaw and help turn these goals into reality, get in touch today at:


We would like the thank the below organisations for their generous support of Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens.

Additionally, we would like to give a big thank you to the organisations which have supported Ushaw during 2022. You can learn more about this here

We would also like to recognise the incredible support of all our donors, including those who wish to remain anonymous.

If you are interested in finding out more about supporting Ushaw, please get in touch at


We would like the thank our wonderful business partners for their generous support of Ushaw Historic House, Chapels and Gardens.

Durham Business Club is a membership-based networking organisation that runs events throughout County Durham and the wider North East of England. They are supporting Ushaw at a Bronze level partnership, and are inaugural members of the partner scheme.

Root Cause Consultancy helps small to medium-sized companies to develop team relationships, administrative processes to reduce risk and improve profitability. 

Hargreaves are leaders in Land Regeneration, Property and Infrastructure Development. Delivering Industrial and Environmental solutions across the globe.