These are projects for a fixed period, usually three years, with a review and possible extension at the end of that time. These projects usually require the active involvement of a liveryman and a Trustee is nominated to retain contact with him. Current projects include:
Edmonton Sea Cadets
For several years the Company has sponsored the Edmonton Sea Cadets at TS Plymouth on the banks of the River Lea in north-east London. The Sea Cadets survive on minimal grants and depend on volunteer support. They do much good work in providing interests and training to young people in their formative years. Currently the Trust provides a contribution of £2,250 per annum to help maintain their equipment and enable them to participate in relevant events. The Company presents the Robert Thomas Award to the cadet of the year at the Mansion House Banquet, where the cadets provide a reception line for the attendees.
The contact with the charity is through Liveryman Tim Palmer.
Narcolepsy is a very rare condition which means that it is often not recognised early in children, and sufferers are often isolated and do not have access to support structures. The Trust has contributed £5,000 per annum since 2012 to support a national conference attended by people with or affected by narcolepsy.
Liveryman Bill Harris is a trustee and past chairman of this national charity. The nominated Trustee is Alan Smith.
This charity works to bring measurable improvements to the lives of children with physical, sensory, learning, cognitive and behavioural “additional needs” caused by Cerebral Palsy, genetic conditions, Autism and Developmental Delay. It provides support to the children’s’ parents and carers to help them cope more effectively with the special needs of the children. Our donations are going to provide specialist equipment which parents are trained to use in their own home. The Trust currently donates £5,000 pa to this charity.
The liaison is Past-Master Bill Smith. The nominated Trustee is Peter Crutchett.
East Anglia’s Children’s’ Hospices (EACH)
EACH supports families and cares for children and young people with life-threatening illnesses across East Anglia, either in their homes, or in the community or in its three hospices, located in Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire.
The Trust currently donates £5,000 pa specifically for the charity’s Young Persons Transitions service.
Liveryman Roger Cobley is a Trustee of EACH. The nominated CACT Trustee is Peter Crutchett.
Suited & Booted
This charity specialises in helping disadvantaged and vulnerable men in London gain employment, by providing suitable clothing for attending interviews, interview training and general mentoring. The Trust is donating £5,000pa to support this charity.
Liverymen Gary Simmons and Mike Thomas are active supporters of this charity
Dan’s Fund for Burns
This charity provides assistance and support to adult burns survivors in the UK, directly to the patients, their families and to hospital burns units. The Trust donated £3,500 in 2016 which was increased to £5,000 pa from 2017.
This charity was established by the family of Past Master Peter Derby, following the Bali terrorist bombing in which his daughter was very seriously injured and her husband and a number of close friends were killed. Peter’s daughter was recently awarded an MBE for her work.
This charity helps children with speech, language and communication needs. CACT has supported this charity with donations of £5,000 pa since 2017 specifically to help children in the Barking and Dagenham area of London.
Liveryman Stuart Shepley is a trustee and Treasurer of ICAN.
This charity supports homeless women at a drop-in centre in Marylebone. We have donated £2,000 pa since 2017 specifically for a series of classes teaching sewing skills, with a view to helping women back into work and producing items for sale to raise money for the charity.
This charity is supported by actuaries at LCP and was introduced to us by the current Master (Fiona Morrison).
East Surrey Domestic Abuse Services
This charity supports victims of domestic abuse in a large part of Surrey. We have donated £3,000 pa over three years starting in 2017. Our donations are being specifically used to help meet the costs of a Volunteer and Group Work Manager. The charity relies heavily on its volunteers, some of whom are previous victims of domestic abuse themselves. The volunteers can provide long term support to families, at court hearings, housing assessments and more generally.
Companion Janet Hails is actively involved in this charity.
St Francis Hospice
This charity is an adult hospice covering NE London and west Essex. CACT has been donating £5,000 pa since 2017, specifically to fund a Young Adults group. Once a month, young persons with life-limiting conditions meet for a meal and group activities at the hospice, under the supervision.of a specialist nurse.
Liveryman and CACT Trustee Peter Crutchett is vice-chairman of the trustees.
Watford Sheltered Workshop
This charity provides employment and life skills to disabled people to help them move into the workforce and live a more independent life. CACT has donated £2,500 pa since 2017, specifically to help fund the teaching of numeracy, literacy, money handling and other life skills.
Philippa Aaronson is a volunteer on this programme and her husband is a trustee and honorary treasurer of the charity. Jay Stewart is the nominated CACT Trustee.
Martial Arts Charitable Trust (MACT)
Our support to MACT allows them to provide free karate lessons to deprived children in two north London Schools. The discipline involved in learning this martial art has seen behavioural improvements as well as an increase in the children’s confidence.
Liveryman Alan Smith is a trustee of MACT.
City of London Charities
The Trust regularly donates to charities with a close connection with the City of London. The list is reviewed regularly and the following charities are amongst those currently supported:
The Lord Mayor’s Appeal Fund
The Mansion House Scholarship Appeal
The Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund
The St Lawrence Jewry Building Fund
The City and Guilds of London Institute
St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation
Musicians Benevolent Fund
Alan Smith, Chairman of the Trustees