Scottish Charity Number: SCO36069

If you shoot for the moon and miss you'll still be one of the stars

Inspired by the life of Hazel Scott Aiton, Hazel's Footprints Trust exists to support project, partner schools and people in education in developing countries.


Scottish Trust Supporting Education and Development Projects

Scottish Charity Number: SCO36069

Hazel’s Footprints Trust is based in the Scottish Borders and has a vision to support education in developing countries across the globe. We do this in a number of ways:

The Trust is entirely staffed by volunteers and we have close-to-zero central costs. Every penny of donations given to us since 2004 has been spent on schools and educational projects in developing countries, whether by project grants or support for volunteers.

Hazel’s Footprints Trust was set up in 2004
in memory of Hazel Scott Aiton

Hazel Scott Aiton’s tragic death in August 2004 left an unfillable hole in the lives of all who knew her. Her family, with the support of her friends, were inspired by her positivity and charitable work. They wanted to continue in her footsteps, and Hazel’s Footprints Trust was born.

What We do:

Our work spans three core areas – educational project grants, volunteer grants and partner schools


Latest News


Staff housing well underway at Uphill Junior School

24th January 2024
After breaking ground in October 2023, there has been lots of progress on a new staff accommodation block at Uphill Junior School, Western Uganda. In 2023, Hazel’s Footprints Trust granted…

The Uphill Trust breaks ground

28th October 2023

In May 2023, we agreed to provide a grant of £15,000 to the Uphill Trust. The funding will go towards a staff accommodation and a sanitation block at Uphill Junior…


Girls' Space, Rwanda: 2023 graduates

9th October 2023

In 2021, we agreed to support a fabulous vocational training programme for 16/17 year old girls in Rwanda. The £6,000 grant covered the salaries of three staff members who run…


Smartbox project with Street Kids Direct in Guatemala City

27th September 2023

We have just received some photos from Street Kids Direct, showing new computers purchased with the support of a £4,700 grant earlier this year. Street Kids Direct’s Mentoring Programme Street…


Trustee Ben bikes up the Giants of the Alps

8th September 2023

Ben Newman certainly takes the title of most avid cyclist amongst the Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints and, indeed, amongst the wider Hazel’s Footprints community. He has, once again, completed a…


Report from Open Way Pre-Schools in Ethiopia

1st May 2023

In 2022, the Trustees of Hazel’s Footprints extended our support to 9 pre-school classes in Ethiopia by funding teachers’ salaries for a further 2 years. We have been supporting this…


3 years of support at Pamoja Leo

21st March 2023

Three years ago, just before the Covid-19 pandemic struck, we offered grant funding to a fantastic charity called Pamoja Leo. The charity operates from its Early Childhood & Development Centre…


Brightlingsea Classrooms shine in Ghana

21st December 2022

We are really pleased to hear from Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge & Pens Ghana, on her return from Brightlingsea school. Regular readers of our news will know that we…


Finishing touches on classroom renovations at Chanzige A school

21st October 2022

We’ve just had a lovely update from Champion Chanzige on further progress with a classroom which was renovated over the summer. In May of this year, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided…


Porridge & Pens - new classrooms on track at Brightlingsea

29th September 2022

In recent years, we’ve built a strong relationship with Porridge & Pens, operating in Ghana. We’ve funded two years of the headteacher’s salary at Brightlingsea Academy and, prior to that,…

Hazel's Footprints Trust - Hazel's gap year at Otjikondo School

Hazel’s Journal
A Gap in the Life is a collection of entries from Hazel’s journal

Hazel spent a year working as a volunteer in Namibia at Otjikondo Primary School. The experience of a gap year was life-changing for her, as it is for so many young people. Hazel had always kept a journal, and her entries from her Gap Year are entertaining, thought-provoking and inspiring. Her parents decided to publish her journal – “A Gap in the Life” – to raise money for the Trust.

Anyone who’s ever taken a gap year, or plans to, or has a family member who’s considering it, will find this book utterly invaluable!

Hazel's Footprints Trust donations

It’s easy to donate to Hazel’s Footprints Trust. Your donation will go to intersting and impactful educational projects in developing countries, or to support a volunteer at a school in need.

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About Hazel’s Footprints Trust

Hazel’s Footprints Trust was incorporated as a Company Limited by Guarantee on 9th November 2004, company number SC 275793.

The Company is a registered charity number SCO 36069.

The Trustees who are also directors for the purposes of company law are:

  • Bill Scott Aiton
  • Joan Scott Aiton
  • Joanna Scott Aiton
  • Lucy Costain
  • Christopher Hildyard
  • Rachael Hill
  • David Mortimer
  • Ben Newman
  • Ruth Sutherland Knibbs

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