Make a Donation

Make a Donation

All money raised goes directly to maintaining the ship so that people can continue to visit her and learn about her rich history, old and new.

Thank you for considering donating to The Matthew of Bristol Trust, a not-for-profit charity. Repairs are expensive, so we really appreciate your support!

Scroll down to find out how you can donate online or make a cash donation when you visit the ship.

To find out about other ways you can support us and get involved, please visit our Support page. Thank you!

The Aims of the Charity

1) To acquire, repair, fit out, maintain, enhance and preserve the replica medieval caravel known as The Matthew as a ship of historic interest, and to place the vessel on display alongside a berth, quay, dock or wharf accessible to the public;

2) To provide educational and training facilities on The Matthew while berthed or on voyages for persons of all ages and capabilities by the preservation, operation and charter of The Matthew as a seaworthy vessel

3) To advance education in: 

  • the local and national history and heritage associated with The Matthew, the explorer John Cabot and the exploration and settlement of the New World, including Newfoundland and Labrador
  • maritime history and archaeology
  • shipbuilding and nautical construction skills
  • seamanship, sailing skills and seafaring crafts.
Photo By Shawn Spencer Smith
Photo by Shawn Spencer Smith.

Donate online

If you'd like to make an online donation, please visit our fundraising pages on Just Giving or Give As You Live where you can make a one-off donation or a regular donation to The Matthew for the amount of your choice.

Donate by shopping

Support The Matthew for FREE by raising money from your everyday online shopping!

Shop online via Give As You Live

When you shop at over 5,500 top stores – including John Lewis & Partners, Expedia and Marks & Spencer – via Give as you Live Online, they'll turn a percentage of your spend into free funds for us! You simply sign up and shop as you normally would and they will make a free donation on your behalf.

Shopping at Amazon

If you plan to use Amazon for your online shopping, head on over to and they’ll donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to your favourite charitable organisation (hint: The Matthew!), at no cost to you – same products, same prices, same service.

Donate in person

The Matthew is free to visit during opening hours when it's at our Princes Wharf mooring. Our volunteer crew will happily talk to you about the ship and answer any questions you may have.

There is a collection box by the mast as you enter and leave the ship – or if you're not carrying cash, ask our volunteers about donating on your phone using our QR code. All donations are very gratefully received.

We think that over the years we’ve had coins and notes from every country in the world!