Trustees who look after the Guild’s Charitable Trust will meet on Tuesday, 19 March, to consider applications for support and assistance.
It will be followed by the 2019 Annual General Meeting of the Trust, which Members and Friends of the Guild are welcome to attend.
Both meetings will be held in the Forty Room of The Farmers Club – which is the registered office of the Guild – at 3 Whitehall Court, London, starting at 11am.
The Guild’s Charitable Trust is a major asset for members and one of the organisation’s “hidden gems” in the sense that the trustees carry out their invaluable work quietly and in private to help BGAJ members of all ages, as well as former members and their dependents, who have fallen upon hard times or are suffering from poor health.
The Trust spends income from its investments to contribute to such things as respite care, special equipment and furniture, help with essential household and utility bills, mobility equipment, nursing home fees, hospital transport and physio and other helpful therapies.
Funds for these provisions are raised through special events, the Guild’s 200 Club cash prize draw (which anyone can support with one or more £10 annual subscriptions) and in the past two years, a substantial donation from member subscriptions sanctioned by the Guild’s management Council.
Just as valuable are the conversations that trustees have with people at a time of distress or difficulty; or simply keeping in touch with retired colleagues and those suffering from illness as a source of moral support and reassurance.
If any Member or Friend plans to attend the Trust annual meeting, please notify Guild secretary Nikki Robertson by emailing email@example.com.