The story of one of Britain’s most generous philanthropists

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Rosemary was born at the end of the Second World War. She grew up in a poor family in Clitheroe, struggling for survival in the era of ration books and austerity. Yet Rose was destined for something astonishing and inspiring, far beyond even her wildest dreams.

John Lancaster, whom she married, left school without qualifications, apparently a loser. But John had an amazing ability to fix machines and invent things. He would go on to corner the market in conservatory roofing systems. His company became a world leader, floating on the stock market for £136 million.

Suddenly they were multi-millionaires. The pair, both committed Christians, set about giving away their astonishing fortune, starting with their employees. They set up the Lancaster Foundation, with Rose in charge. They purchased an emergency plane for Mission Aviation Fellowship, and started the first village for destitute AIDS victims in South Africa. They did not give and walk away: Rose found herself rescuing children from the rubbish tips of Kenya. They have sponsored arts initiatives and major inner city regeneration projects in Manchester.  John and Rose have been nationally listed as two of Britain’s most generous philanthropists.

Now you can learn about their journey and the journey of those they have supported in Rosemary’s book “Give the Best Away.”

What an incredible story – and beautifully written. I was in tears after the first few pages! Rose has changed the lives of so many through her generosity of heart and the amazing stewardship of what the Lord has provided.

Rosemary Conley CBE

Being friends of John and Rose, I have known something of their beautiful story. However, to see it all written down has been truly inspirational. I’m sure like me, you will be touched by their infectious virus of generosity.

Andy Hawthorne OBE

Founder, Message Trust Manchester

Those close to Rosemary know that she is an unassuming gentle lady who shuns the limelight. To go public with her story is a remarkable act of courage. Rosemary puts into practice what she learnt from her mother, ‘to give the best bits away.’ This book tells the amazing story of lives changed because of doing just that.

Reverend Mark Pickett

Where to buy?

Give the Best Away is available now from The Grand, Clitheroe, or online from The Message Trust.

If you have an enquiry about the book, please e-mail

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Give the Best Away - Cover in Hands