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27/03/2021Spent up for 2020/21 FY!
 
 Yes, we have recently completed our final batch of donations for this financial year. As usual, it was difficult to select these few from a mass of appropriate applications. And now, of course, our available funds have dwindled with no expectation of any significant refreshing income in the near future. So I am sorry to say that we cannot entertain any new applications, no matter how relevant and urgent, until our funds have substantially built up again, hopefully beginning mid-2021.

Please "watch this space" for a further message with a more optimistic and encouraging tone, hopefully again by the Summer. By then, of course, we are all hoping for at least a partial return to the old "normal"!

Best wishes to all our colleagues in the charitable sector, for your health and safety, and continuing vital work in the face of many current obstacles.

Philip Gardam
Founding Trustee

29/12/2020Difficult times
 
 Yes, what a year 2020 has been! But shouldn't complain too much about the various restrictions - after all, my colleagues and I are still here to tell the tale. I do hope our many contacts in the voluntary sector have also stayed safe and well. The Covid situation has meant, of course that some charities' operations havs been severely curtailed while others have been able to continue but been faced with almost overwhelming demands on their resources. Similarly we have had to deal with a large, and almost heartbreaking, collection of pleas for financial support from many sources, and we have responded as best we can with two batches of donations in this FY so far. We still have many applications in hand in the face of dwindling funds, so yet again I must ask for restraint in submitting applications until we are able to be more responsive when some of our investments mature, hopefully by Easter 2021 (whoops, beginning to sound like our unrealistic leader.....) So, please watch this space for a more optimistic attitude a.s.a.p. next year.

Thanks again for your patience, and please heed our "t & c's" in the last para of our entry in the NEWS section on 2/4/20.

Philip Gardam
Founding Trustee

02/04/2020Latest situation on applications
 
 We have just completed the batch of donations for FY 2019/20 so must now regroup, as it were, and consider our likely resources for 2020/21 and therefore how many donations are feasible in the next 12 months. Of course, we still have on our files many unresolved applications so I must regrettably once again plead for restraint in submitting new applications until hopefully we are able to be more encouraging in another NEWS update later this year.

Please understand that we are authorised only to support specific projects in the 3rd World by UK-registered charities (i.e. not NGO's). I also ask you to understand that we cannot always reply to applications due to time constraints. Finally, may I wish that all voluntary sector workers stay safe and healthy in the current crisis.

Philip Gardam
Founding Trustee


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