I write to you as the relatively recently appointed Charity Steward of the Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers to report on the activities undertaken by your Fundraising / Charity & Events Committee in 2017/18.
Quite recently the Court has decided to allocate charitable giving in a slightly different way than before, to enable funds to be given to support and develop our ongoing Trade links.
As approved by the Court, the Gold and Silver Wyre Drawers provides charitable donations in a variety of ways, many of which have evolved over time. The organisations that benefit effectively come under four categories:
1. Affiliations. The company provides donations and prizes to liaisons and affiliations with the armed forces, cadet organisations and schools.
2. Historical. The company provides bursaries for Guildhall School of Music and Drama students, St Paul’s School Choristers and Royal Ballet School students. These have been set up by Past Masters and some are supported by legacies. There are also annual donations to The Lord Mayor’s Charities, Sheriffs’ Funds, Poppy Appeal and the Guilds.
3. Trade. In recent years the company has started to increase financial support in the form of prizes and grants to individuals and organisations involved in our trade areas such as embroidery, jewellery and needlework. The historical bursaries for students/trainees at the Royal School of Needlework come within this category.
4. Charities. The company provides grants and donations to carefully selected charities on application. These are sifted and recommended by the Charity, Fundraising and Events Committee and approved by the Master’s Committee and the Court. The process follows these approximate criteria.
a. Small charities with low expenses benefitting greatly from a limited sized grant
b. Links to our trade and association with our liverymen
c. Links to the City of London and to the Lord Mayor’s charities
d. Links to medical, education, music and children’s charities
e. Links to our affiliations and the armed forces
The categories above receive donations from the funds accumulated by the charitable giving of our Liverymen in rough proportions; Affiliations - 13%; Historical - 26%; Trade – 13% and General Charities – 49%. The total of all charitable donations including prizes and bursaries is about £80,000.
The year provided us with more requests than we could accommodate, and sorting them out was as difficult as ever. A list of the main Charities that we were able to assist is given below, those with * had been supported before;
Bacton Altar Cloth Trade, Clerk £2,500
Bursary - Scott Heron Trade, Liveryman £2,000
Lord Mayors Charities* Lord Mayor’s charity, City £2,000
Royal Trinity Hospice* Medicine, Liveryman £2,000
Tilehouse consulting Masters charity, youth £2,000
WCOHCD Disneyland trip* City, annual event, disabled children £1,400
101 Squadron Centenary Forces affiliation £1,101
4Louis Bereavement, Liveryman £1,000
Action for M.E. City, children, medical £1,000
Belvoir Cricket & Countryside Trust Children, small charity, Liveryman £1,000
Bishop Chartres Fund City, community £1,000
Build Up Foundation City, deprived communities £1,000
City of London Police Widows & Orphans Fund* City, police £1,000
Felix Fund* Injured servicemen, Liveryman £1,000
Frontier Youth Trust City, youth, Liveryman £1,000
Impact Foundation* Medicine, sponsored row, Liveryman £1,000
London Air Ambulance* City, medicine, £1,000
Lucy Air ambulance Children, medical £1,000
PBC Foundation Medical research £1,000
Queen Alexandra Hospital* Forces, disability £1,000
Soundabout Music, disability, Liveryman £1,000
St Mary Le Bow, Young Homeless Charity* City, children, homeless £1,000
World Heart Beat Music Acadeny City, music, disability £1,000
Youth Cancer Trust Youth, medical £1,000
“Big curry lunch”* Lord Mayor’s charity, military £500
ABF The Soldiers’ Charity* Lord Mayor’s charity, military £500
Julian Campbell Foundation City, children, mental health £500
The Great Silence Lord Mayor’s charity, City £500
During 2017 the Master for the year, Paul Constantinidi took part in several exciting fund-raising events. “Jailed & Bailed” in June raised £1000 towards the Lord Mayors Charity. In September three charity events – Wrotham Park and the Haven, the Masters Abseil and the Blue Badge Walk raised nearly £10,000 towards the GSWD Charitable Fund.
We are extremely grateful to all those who raise money for our Charitable Fund and of course to everyone who donates money to it. Without your help many extremely deserving people would lead a less fulfilling life. All donations are welcome and I would be pleased to hear from anyone who felt able to give a little more than they currently do.
The 200 Club provided a handsome £4,750 for our Charity fund in 2017/18, and a similar sum was returned to 200 Club members in prize money. The allocation of prizes is reported in the adjoining report on the 200 Club. If you haven't got a ticket yet please consider this initiative and contact me or the Clerk for details. I am in the process of writing to everyone to arrange for renewals and appealing for new members to sign on. Please help if you can - your help is very much appreciated.