Guild members throughout Britain have the perfect opportunity to ‘do their bit’ towards fund-raising for the Charitable Trust by purchasing or selling to colleagues, family and friends the draw tickets recently sent in the post.
In exchange, they have the chance to win one or more of the great prizes on offer – from two days at the Goodwood Festival of Speed in June next year (above) and a two-night stay at The Farmers Club to a picnic hamper and a turkey ready for the Christmas festivities!
Guild member Doreen Forsyth made the most of winning the weekend stay at The Farmers Club, which is in a fabulous position in London overlooking the Thames and the London Eye. She and her husband Peter had an evening at the theatre, then a sight-seeing tour on the Saturday: “Our room was very comfortable….we enjoyed a wonderful breakfast…and it was good to come back to that comfortable lougne mid-afternoon and warm up with the hot ‘cuppa’,” she says in her report here.
Stephen Howe, chairman of Trustees, emphasises how fortunate Guild are to have the Charitable Trust and its voluntary trustees working for the benefit of members and their families: “The Trust fund provides financial assistance and assurance to current and former members of the Guild, as well as their dependents, who find themselves in hardship or in need of help,” he points out.
“Just as important are the number of communications and conversations your Trustees have had providing help and reassurance to members and their families,” he adds.
The past year has been another active one for the Charitable Trust with financial awards being made to alleviate short-term problems and sometimes life changing decisions.
Of course, the Trust’s work is possible only because of the financial support it receives from Members and Friends of the Guild in building the capital sum from which interest can be drawn to provide assistance.
“We therefore continue to look to members’ support in selling all the draw tickets available and getting the counterfoils back to us ahead of the Harvest Lunch on October 11,” says Stephen.
Details are on the tickets – but as a reminder, the counterfoils and payment need to be returned to the Trust treasurer Diane Montague, Chatham House, 115 Widmore Road, Bromley, Kent BR1 3AH. Make cheques payable to GAJ Charitable Trust.
The prizes on offer include:
A day for two at the Goodwood Festival of Speed (New Holland)
Two nights at The Farmers Club (Farmers Club)
John Lewis £100 vouchers (Monsanto)
National Trust Membership for two (AGCO)
Theatre tickets for two (John Deere)
Malt whisky (Drew Sloane)
Selection of Rose Plants (NFU)
Christmas Turkey (Claas)
Picnic Hamper (Rustons Engineering)
Please be sure to also return any unsold tickets so they can be offered for sale at the Harvest Lunch.