At the NGSU Conference 2005 delegates voted for the Union to set up and maintain a Charitable Fund. The Fund allows the Union to make charitable donations recognising our wider responsibility to the national and international community.
Requests for charitable donations are considered and authorised by the National Executive Committee (NEC). The Fund operates under the following principles:
- The recipient must be a registered charity.
- The charity will normally be nationally recognised.
- Donations should be used for the benefit of people within a community or group, or part of a disaster campaign.
For more information please call Nicola Huddlestone, NGSU President (2016/2017), on 01295 710767.
Previous donations include:
2005 – Tsunami Disaster
2008: Swindon MS Therapy Centre which provides help and support to Multiple Sclerosis sufferers and their carers in and around Swindon. They are currently undertaking to buy larger premises to cope with increased demand for their services and our donation will contribute to the successful conclusion of that project.
2008: TUC’s Justice for Columbia campaign which supports Trade Unionists in Columbia and their families. In Columbia members of Unions are persecuted and activists are imprisoned and even murdered so it’s important that we do what we can to help those in countries where the simple freedoms we take for granted are denied.
2009: Haiti Earthquake appeal: NGSU made a donation of £5,000 to the TUC Aid appeal to support the emergency relief efforts and long-term rehabilitation of the Haitian people.
2010: Julia’s House supports over 100 families across Dorset and cares for the whole family in many different ways. NGSU made a £1,000 to support the fund raising activities of employees in Bournemouth Administration Centre (BAC).
2011: Pancreatic Cancer Fund. NGSU made a £1000 donation towards a fund raising event held in NH. Delegates at the National Conference 2011 raised £400 for the NSPCC and this was matched by a donation from the Fund, making a total donation of £800.
2012: In 2012 funds from the David Hopkins Trust (DHT) were transferred to the NGSU Charitable Fund. In accordance with the aims of the DHT, donations were made to two cycling charities (Charlotte’s Tandems and Cycling Projects) and an amount of £5,000 was made available for individual NGSU members to apply for awards to help support their personal development in relation to voluntary work they undertake in the community – six awards have been granted.
2013: Ebola Appeal. NGSU made a donation of £1,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Ebola Crisis Appeal.
2015: Philippines Typhoon Appeal. NGSU and a donation of £5,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) Philippines Appeals.
2015: A charity raffle, held at the NGSU National Conference, raised £538.40 for the NSPCC. The NEC agreed to match this sum from the Charitable Reserve making a total donation of £1,088.40.
2017: East Africa Crisis Appeal: NGSU made a donation of £5,000 to the Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) East Africa Crisis appeal.