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


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,…

Team Kenya: libraries and teacher training supported with £5k grant

11th August 2022

Early in 2022, Hazel’s Footprints Trust awarded an educational project grant of £5,000 to Team Kenya, a UK charity working in Ndhiwa, rural Kenya. Team Kenya supports girls in accessing…


Kianh Foundation: day centre reopens after Vietnam lockdown

13th March 2022

The Kianh Foundation in Vietnam benefitted from grant funding for the salary of the Lead Teacher of the Big Bears class at Dien Ban Day Centre. The centre provides education…


Kianh Foundation: update after 12 months of grant funding

13th September 2021

A year ago, the Kianh Foundation in Vietnam benefitted from grant funding for the salary of the Lead Teacher of the Big Bears class at Dien Ban Day Centre. The…


Ngambenyi School all set for 2021 with COVID-safety

25th February 2021

As schools start to return in Scotland this week from another COVID-lockdown, we are thinking about all of the schools around the world which are less fortunate. For most of…


Otjikondo in the time of Coronavirus

22nd February 2021

Hazel’s Footprints sends £10,000 to Otjikondo School in Namibia every March, to mark Hazel’s birthday. Otjikondo is very close to our hearts so it’s always so rewarding to hear how…


Pamoja Leo helping children to stay in education through COVID

3rd February 2021

Hazel’s Footprints has been supporting Pamoja Leo, an amazing charity operating in Tanga, Tanzania. Pamojoa Leo works to support orphaned and vulnerable children who struggle to access education. Hazel’s Footprints initially…


Porridge & Pens: A letter from the pandemic

24th January 2021

Last month, we received a letter from Jemma Williams, Founder of Porridge & Pens, to update on school life in Ghana amid the global pandemic. In 2020, we agreed to fund…


Open Way education continues through the pandemic

1st December 2020

Hazel’s Footprints Trust has been supporting an incredible organisation, Open Way, which operates in rural Ethiopia, since 2017. We provide funding for the salaries of 9 pre-school teachers. Overall, Open Way has…


EdUKaid: Completed school renovation at Mkwajuni Primary, Tanzania

20th September 2020

Last year, Hazel’s Footprints Trust provided an Educational Project Grant to EdUKaid to support renovations at Mkwajuni Primary in Tanzania. The grant of £9714 paid for the renovation of seven…

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
  • Rachel Hill
  • David Mortimer
  • Ben Newman
  • Ruth Sutherland
  • Balfour Thomson, CA

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