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Sir James Reckitt

Sir James Reckitt


The Sir James Reckitt Charity is a registered grant making charity founded by endowment in 1921. Its principal object is to support charitable causes which serve the public benefit, particularly in Kingston upon Hull and the county of East Yorkshire; and also those associated with the Society of Friends.

Sir James Reckitt (1833 - 1924) entered the family starch-making business in Hull in 1848 as a junior clerk. He became a partner and served as Chairman of Reckitt & Sons Ltd. and helped guide it into becoming a major manufacturer of many well-known household products.


Sir James Reckitt was responsible for many good works in Hull and East Yorkshire. He fought a campaign to bring public libraries to Hull and, when that failed, he built one at his own cost.

He was a benefactor to the Hull Royal Infirmary. He supported the Sailors' Children's Society in Hull and became its first President. He also established a substantial Garden Village in the city.

Sir James Reckitt died on 18 March 1924 and is buried in the Hull Quaker Burial Ground.


The Charity supports:

Community-based groups and projects within the city of Hull and the county of East Yorkshire.

Quaker organisations and causes wherever they are.

National and regional charities of a social, medical, educational or environmental nature, particularly if their work brings benefit to Hull or East Yorkshire.

Individuals and groups from Hull or East Yorkshire seeking experience through voluntary work overseas, residential visits, scouting, guiding or sail training.

Individuals and families in need who reside in Hull or East Yorkshire and have the support of an agency such as Social Services or of a local charitable organisation. Such cases are dealt with by the Consortium of Grant Giving Trusts (Hull and East Yorkshire) of which the Sir James Reckitt Charity is a member. Aid is usually given in the form of household goods and equipment.


The Sir James Reckitt Charity. Registered Charity No. 225356.