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British Guild of Agricultural Journalists Charitable Trust

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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Charitable Trust needs your support to help others

A personal message from Guild member Mick Roberts – a Charitable Trust beneficiary. I wonder how many colleagues have heard all about the Guild’s Charitable Trust and filed it away thinking 'thank goodness I won't be needing that'! But for those…


Coronavirus - BGAJ Charitable Trust

During this period of great uncertainty following the measures put in place to deal with the COVID-19 pandemic, a reminder about the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists’ Charitable Trust. The Trust was created to provide help and financial…


Guild members raise £210 for charitable trust

Members and friends at the 2019 Bangers 'n' Beer reception raised £208.27 for the British Guild of Agricultural Journalists Charitable Trust. It came after Guild chaplain Geoff Dodgson – also a trustee of the BGAJ Charitable Trust – took up a…


A 'year of consolidation' for charitable trust

Grants paid out by the BGAJ Charitable Trust to Guild members reduced by 58% during the financial year ending 31 December 2018. Delivering his annual report to the Guild's 2019 AGM, BGAJ trust representative Clive Rainbird said the past year was…


Notice of Guild's Charitable Trust AGM

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…


Harvest Lunch raises more than £2000 for charitable trust

More than £2000 was raised for the Guild's Charitable Trust by members, friends and guests at the 2018 Harvest Lunch. The trust provides financial assistance and assurance to Guild members, former members and their dependents who find themselves…


Can you fill our chairman's boots for charity?

Members, friends and guests at this year's Harvest Lunch will be asked to help “fill the chairman's boots” to raise money for the Guild's Charitable Trust. The trust provides financial assistance and assurance to members, former members of the…


Guild's Charitable Trust earns timely fund boost

The discrete but enormously valued work of the Members and Honorary Members of the Guild who manage the Charitable Trust to the benefit of those who face financial and other difficulties received an encouraging boost at the Harvest Service and Lunch…


Bid for charity tickets to Goodwood Revival!

Fascinated by vintage cars, and bikes? Enjoy the smell and noise of old engines? Would welcome the opportunity to see some old airplanes at the same time? Love to see them race on one of the country’s oldest and picturesque race tracks? Well now…


Charitable Trust - an inside view

Following his election to the Guild’s management Council earlier this year, Clive Rainbird, former marketing communications manager at Bayer CropScience and now a freelance, was asked to become liaison officer to the Guild’s Charitable Trust.…



Clive Rainbird


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