Charity Newsletter (July 2019)

Dear Liveryman,

I write to you as the recently appointed Chairman to report on the activities undertaken by your Charity Fundraising & Events Committee of the Gold & Silver Wyre Drawers in 2019.

The Court has decided to allocate charitable giving in a very particular way, to enable funds to be given to support and develop our ongoing Trade links. 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 the Royal School of Needlework students and trainees, Guildhall School of Music and Drama students and St Paul’s School Choristers.  Prizes are also awarded to students at the Royal Ballet School and other City of London Schools.  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.  The Company provides grants and donations to carefully selected charities, who have low administration costs and expenses, benefitting greatly from a limited sized grant.

3.     Trade.  The Company maintains its trade links with the Goldsmiths Craft & Design Council and Hand & Lock by supporting young people with prizes and grants who are working with gold and silver wires involved in our trade areas such as embroidery, jewellery and needlework. 

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. The following requests for grants from the Second Charitable Trust have been recommended by the Charity, Fundraising & Events Committee, with input from the Trade Committee, considered by the Master’s Committee and have been approved by the Court:

The HM Tower of London Chapels Royal Foundation

To advance the chapels as places of national heritage and historic interest and to benefit those attending public religious services in the chapels. Proposed by Assistant Roger Carter


Build Up Foundation

Build Up Foundation runs practical construction projects for those aged 6-23 to design and build structures in their local communities. Working in schools, playgrounds and housing estates, they support young people to design and build spaces in places that matter to them. They enable participants to take on new roles and experiences, which helps them fulfil their potential and make successful pathways into long-term employment, education and community life.

£1,000 was donated in 2017.


Mark Evison Foundation

The Mark Evison Foundations mission is to promote the personal development of young people 16-25 years through non-academic challenge, providing mentoring and expenses-funding for participants’ proposed projects. These must be outside the applicants’ comfort zones, and created from scratch. Beneficiaries become more confident, independent and resilient, and gain many transferable skills.


St Mary le Bow Homeless Charity

This charity takes young homeless people into safe flats rented to them by the Peabody Trust and helps them with support through all stages to work and independence. They maintain an Apprentice Scheme with Pret a Manger which has been a ten year success story.

£1,000 was donated in 2017.


Bishopsland Educational Trust

Provides postgraduate training in the fine and the applied arts and crafts to persons who are in financial need, and gives assistance in the development of such persons as artists, craftsmen and designers. In furtherance of these objects it provides a postgraduate course in silversmithing and jewellery for graduates. The charity seeks to be a centre of excellence.

This is a trade related affiliation, requested by the Trade Committee


Sponsored walk for Prostate Cancer UK by Liveryman

£500 donation.

Breakdown of these categories

Historic interest £1,000

Young/disabled £3,000

Poverty £1,500

Trade £1,500

Medical £500     Total £7,500

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 sum of around £4,000 for our Charity fund in 2018/19 with a similar amount 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. We are 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.

Roger Carter

Chairman, Charity, Fundraising and Events Committee

Tel; 07799004359