Edridge Fund update

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Edridge Fund update

NAPO AGM news:

We had another successful time on the Edridge stall at AGM last year.  We sold all of our Christmas cards and picked up some new 50/50 members. We raised around £1100 in total which was consistent with previous years.

Edridge reps meeting at AGM. Thanks to Edridge reps for keeping the Fund’s profile high in workplaces, which both offers support to applicants and raises funds.

Trustee news:

One great outcome from AGM was the recruitment of three new Trustees. Welcome to Denise Astley, Peter Rowe and Rachel Goldhill. We know you can make a big difference to how quickly Trustees can deal with applications. We still desperately need a new Chair of the Board of Trustees as I must step down in May. Email me to find out more. The time commitment is a regular one and a great way to stay involved with colleagues and union work.

Fundraising News:

Fundraising highlights last year included being left a significant bequest of around £60,000 by an unknown regular donor. He had given us a small annual donation of around £20 per year but unbeknownst to us had also remembered us in his will. All we know about him was that he was a retired vicar in the Cotswolds, but it’s clear that sometime, somehow the Probation Service or Family Courts must have entered his heart, and he never forgot us. The Trustees intend to use the bulk of this money for regular grants but will devote a small proportion to improving our fundraising so that we can build a sustainable future for the Fund. Amazing news!

We have also been lucky in gaining £2065 from the Trade Union Unit Trust fund, thanks to a tip off from Napo staff thank you! This money will be spent on keeping a regular supply of posters and leaflets available for office-based events, and further investment in some form of contactless giving. In terms of other regular donations, we are very grateful to the Civil Service Insurance Society who have continued to sustain the Edridge Fund in very difficult times, and we are hopeful of a further grant for 2019.

Our fantastic Reps continue to organise events and fundraise for us on a local level- most recently Four Shires Rep Anna Szumlicki kept up her superhuman efforts with a Christmas event.  She even managed to give the contactless giving box a run-out. If other branches would like to run an event and could use the box, please let Sarah Byatt at the Edridge office know. Thanks to all of you for fantastic efforts!

Let us know if your Branch has any ideas for fundraising events in the New Year- we can support you with sponsor forms, t-shirts and the JustGiving details to allow you to collect online as well as the contactless giving box.

Help we could give to applicants recently:

Edridge applications come in all shapes and sizes, facing all sort of challenges including:

  • Support for an NPS staff member on sick leave with the cost of childcare for their autistic children
  • Support for a CRC Trainee PO with travel costs
  • Support for an NPS PO who needed a new boiler after a flood.

Please consider applying if you are in hardship and think we could help or mention us to a colleague when then are in difficulty.

Visit the Edridge fund website www.edridgefund.org to find out the various ways you can support or be supported.                                                                                                                                                         

Thanks for all your support

Charlotte Dunkley

Chair of Trustees


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