Help fellow members falling on hard times – it could be you!

Thursday 29 January 2015

When Chris Brown became chairman of the College of Fellows two and a half years ago, with it he ‘inherited’ the benevolent fund which was one of the best kept secrets in NFoPP.

So with help from such stalwarts as Peter Light, John Oakley, Stewart Lilley (who are also trustees) and Rob Clutton, Director of Finance NFoPP, Chris enlisted the help of the then new member, Keith Baker to see if they could not only raise the profile but also come up with a suitable change of name.

We’re pleased to announce that the name change has now been agreed – Arbon Trust – and a new logo has been created by Matchstick Design to complement the existing NFoPP family of logos.

We’re now in the process of applying for charitable status. If Arbon Trust succeeds in being granted charitable status it would benefit from tax relief and the ability to be able to make full use of Gift Aid, meaning that Arbon Trust would be able to claim an extra 25p for every £1 that is donated.

With the benefit of Gift Aid we could help more members of our associations, past and present , on any level of membership who have fallen on hard times, including potential students and members of the public who may be struggling to take educational qualifications.

We’ve already provided help to members including the installation of a new home boiler for retired member who was suffering financial hardship, and a contribution towards an extension that a member who had become infirm needed to live a better quality of life.

Chris Brown, Chairman of the College of Fellows and Trustee said:
“This has been a very, very difficult process and I can’t begin to tell you how hard Keith and Rob have worked with the other Trustees to get us to where we are.

“Let’s hope that we receive the go-ahead from the Charities Commission and we’ll go from there. In the meantime for those who are keen to support us, we've already set up an easyfundraising page. Alternatively you can donate by cheque payable to Arbon Trust. We will of course also update our members as things progress”.

Visit the Arbon Trust easyfundraising page

Here, you'll be able to help us raise funds for Arbon Trust simply through shopping online as you normally would. There is a huge variety of retailers taking part in the scheme, who will dontate a percentage of the purchase price - and the best thing is, you don't pay any extra! What have you got to loose?! 

If you're interested in fundraising or need a helping hand, please get in contact:

E-mail: info@arbontrust.org.uk

By Post: Arbon Trust
Arbon House
6 Tournament Court
Edgehill Drive
Warwick
CV34 6LG.

You can make a donation by cheque payable to 'Arbon Trust' and sent to above address.