The TOR Christian Foundation

A registered charity, regulated by Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.


TOR History and Background

The TOR Christian Foundation is the legacy of the TOR Christian Nursing Home which was on Corstorphine Road, Murrayfield. The nursing home became financially unsustainable, so after an orderly closure of the care activities, we realised the assets of the charity and are now seeking use those assets to support activities aligned with the role of the nursing home.

We are a registered charity, regulated by Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

TOR Christian Foundation is a grant making organisation which is seeking to support churches and other Christian organisations across Edinburgh and the Lothians that share our vision for the pastoral care of older people including those who have faith and those who have none.

Our vision, which reflects of our history, is to:

  • Promote and support physical, mental and spiritual wellbeing of older people, particularly those living in their own homes who are isolated due to physical or age-related frailty
  • Work as a champion for older people in the church, supporting older people in their physical and mental wellbeing as appropriate, enabling and assisting with access to wider community health support
  • Enable and promote cross-generational and inter-church connections as well as seeking to make connections in the wider community, looking to serve not only the older people of the church but also those with no church connections
  • Complement and run alongside rather than replicating or replacing ministry already being done by churches
  • Encourage churches to work together, building networks to improve care and learn from one another


We regret to inform you that the Tor Christian Foundation is now closed to applications. Due to the volume of submissions and the limited budget, we are unable to accept any new proposals. We appreciate your interest in the fund and thank you for your understanding.


Jane Walker

Jane Walker

Chair of Directors

Jane Walker is a retired nurse and has had a varied career working in several Health Board areas across Scotland, mainly in Primary Care and Community Services, and more recently with the Scottish Government where she was responsible for leading a number of national projects and providing advice to Government Ministers. Jane is an active member of Corstorphine Old Church of Scotland. Jane is the chairperson of the Tor Board.

Simon Lloyd

Simon Lloyd

Finance Director

Simon Lloyd is a Chartered Accountant who, after working primarily in financial services, shifted into the not-for-profit sector for the latter part of his career. He now is a trustee of four charities, and is a member of the ICAEW Charities Advisory Group. He has lived in Edinburgh since 2000 and is an active member of St Mungo’s Church in Balerno. He joined the Board in 2016 and is the Treasurer for Tor.

Alison Jarvis

Alison Jarvis


Alison Jarvis is a retired district nurse Alison and has a long association with Tor, having previously worked as a nurse manager when it was a Nursing Home. She has worked at the Scottish Government and University of Edinburgh as well as in a number of different community nursing roles in NHS Lothian and currently works for a community nursing charity. Alison is Secretary of Tor Christian Foundation.

John McArthur

John McArthur

John McArthur is a Partner at Gillespie MacAndrew, a Scottish law firm. John specialises in complex tax, trust and succession issues and is s accredited by the Law Society of Scotland as a specialist in Trust Law. He is one of the few lawyers in Scotland who can call themselves a Chartered Tax Adviser and is also a member of the Society of Writers to her Majesty’s Signet. John is a member of Charlotte Chapel, Edinburgh.

Peter Brutin

Peter Brutin

Peter Brutin currently heads up customer services for a technology company. In the past he has worked in operational roles in a number of charities as well as having experience of serving on his church board. Walking and motor racing are his main hobbies.

Pat Banfill

Pat Banfill

Pat Banfill is a retired social worker, who has worked for local authorities, charities, Crossreach and latterly as a pastoral worker in St Mungo’s Church, Balerno. She has lived in Edinburgh since 1994 and joined the Tor Board in 2021. She is an active member of St Mungo’s and is involved with other organisations as a volunteer.

Ann Wood

Ann Wood

Ann Wood is a trained Nurse and midwife and hails from the west of Ireland. She has lived and worked in Edinburgh since the 80s. She has over 30 years' experience at Executive and Senior Management level gained across the private and public sector including the Regulatory sector. Ann’s experience has enabled her to shape the delivery of creative, modern, outcome focused care. She is passionate about shaping the delivery of excellent care and the journey to enable older people to have healthier and better outcomes supported by technology, meaning activity and intergenerational projects in their community.

Ken Harrower

Ken Harrower

Ken Harrower is a retired Quantity Surveyor and worked in construction in both the housing and civil engineering sectors of the industry. He is a member of Corstorphine Old Parish Church and has been a member of the Tor board since 2015.

Projects Funded

Salvation Army

Ashbrook House: capital renovations

Edinburgh City Mission

Two's Company

Linking Lives

Two's Company

Faith in Older People*

Development of educational resources and undertake research project

Chalmers Church

Accessible toilet and kitchen refit

Morningside Parish*

Dementia service development

Polwarth Parish Church*

Promotion of wholeness and well-being through community cohesion: Wellness Director

Slateford Longstone*

To increase digital engagement

Grassmarket Community Project - St Marys*

Coffee Saint's Project at St. Mary's Cathedral

St Stephen Comely Bank*

Equipping new church kitchen at St Stephens Church

Central Church

Scoping the feasibility of establishing a nursing ministry within Edinburgh churches

St Mungos Episcopal Church, Balerno*

To develop a local befriending project.

Wester Hailes Baptist

Pastoral Care support for Older People

Parish of St John the Baptist & St Kentigern

Enabling and Assisting Access to Wider Community Health Support

Space@Broomhouse and Tron Kirk, Gilmerton and Moredun

Pastoral Care Support for Older People: extending Beacon Club to Gilmerton and Moredun

Murrayfield Parish Church

Supporting Older People through Murrayfield Parish Church

TronKirk Gilmerton & Moredun

Purchase of 9-seater minibus

Mustard Seed*

Support expansion of Soul Food Edinburgh

Polwarth Parish Church*

All Aboard

South Queensferry Parish Church

Pastoral Care support for Older People in Queensferry and Dalmeny

Dalmeny Parish Church

Dalmeny Parish Church Pastoral Care support for Older People

Queensferry Churches’ Care in the Community (QCCC)

QCCC support for activities

Health All Round and St Martins

Good Morning Gorgie

Central Church/Parish Nursing

Piloting Parish Nursing model

St Marks Episcopal Church, Portobello

Facilitating access: ramp

Linking Lives UK

Addressing Loneliness & Social Isolation across Scotland

Balerno Parish Church

Upgrade of kitchen at the Mill Café

* Reports available

Annual Accounts

Previous Annual Reports/Accounts

Financial Statements

For the year ended 31st March 2023


Financial Statements

For the year ended 31st March 2022


Financial Statements

For the year ended 31st March 2021


Financial Statements

For the year ended 31st March 2020


Contact Us

TOR Christian Foundation

A registered charity, SC014628, regulated by Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator.

5 Atholl Crescent, Edinburgh, EH3 8EJ.