Fund Raising and Sponsorship
The original 1993 start-up sum of £3000 has grown considerably over the years thanks to the fund-raising efforts of members, friends and colleagues. The late Peter Bullen, Guild Chairman 1993-94, who originally conceived the idea of the Trust, ran the London Marathon on six occasions and former Trust committee chairman Arthur Anderson undertook a 180-mile sponsored walk from the Thames Barrier to the source of the Thames.
Former Charitable Trust chairman Arthur Anderson at the Thames Barrier about to start his sponsored walk to the source of the river.
The British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Charitable Trust is a major asset for members and one of the Guild’s hidden gems – carrying out invaluable work quietly in the background.
The Trust was founded by a small band of professional journalists more than 25 years ago. They saw a need for an independent charity to help BGAJ members, former members and their dependents who may have fallen upon hard times or into poor health.
Your Trust has spent its limited funds wisely over its lifetime to benefit many. Indeed, in the past couple of years it has provided:
- Respite care
- Motorised reclining chair
- Essential household and utility bills
- An electric buggy
- Car disability adaptation
- Top-up nursing home fees
- Hospital transport costs
- Physiotherapy sessions
Just as vital, the number of communications and conversations the Trust has had keeping in touch with retired colleagues and providing help and reassurance to troubled members and their families.
You never know what the future holds and just in case you or your family fall on hard times, or you hear of a fellow BGAJ member who has, please do contact your Trust. Any approach will be treated in the strictest confidence.
Of course, The Charitable Trust can spend only the money raised each year from the interest its assets earn and the financial support it receives from members and friends of the Guild.
There are many ways you can help the trust.
Fundraising activities include the Trust's annual raffle, its 200 Club, auctions and sponsored walks or rides. You can also help by setting up a legacy or suggesting a new fundraising activity.
And of course, the Trust is here to help you too – as explained here.
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