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 the following:-
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 £2,000 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, and CACT pay for a course for a sea-cadet.
The contact with the charity is through Liveryman Tim Palmer.
Children’s Liver Disease Foundation
The Trust has supported this charity for several years. Our donations from 2012 to 2014 funded the provision of Family Introduction Packs to many hospitals caring for childhood liver disease patients and their families and we renewed our support by donating £5,000 per annum for three years from 2015 to help fund the expansion of the Yellow Alert Project. This is an established programme aimed at helping healthcare professionals and parents make an early diagnosis of liver disease in new born babies. Late diagnosis can lead to early transplants or death before the age of one.
Liveryman Tom Ross is the Chairman of this national charity. The nominated Trustee is Ian Farr.
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 for six years from 2012 to 2017 to support regional and national conferences 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 childrens’ 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 donated £3,500 per year for three years, from 2013 to 2015 and has continued its support for a further 3 years to the tune of £5,000pa.
The liaison is Past-Master Bill Smith. The nominated Trustee is Peter Crutchett.
East Anglia’s Children’s Hospices
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 has donated £2,350 pa for 3 years from 2013 to 2015 and £5,000 pa for a further three years from 2016, 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 £2,000pa for 3 years from 2016.
Liverymen Gary Simmons and Mike Thomas are active supporters of this charity
Link Age Southwark
This charity provides friendly volunteer support for elderly people in the London Borough of Southwark, reducing loneliness and isolation and helping older people maintain active lives within the wider community. The Trust is donating £2,500pa for 3 years from 2016.
Past Master Sally Bridgeland is an active supporter 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 and then £5,000 pa for three years 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.
Tower Hamlets Education Business Partnership
CACT supports a programme for teaching financial literacy to primary school children, through a series of workshops delivered by volunteers in the classroom. We are donating £3,000 pa from Sept 2016.
Past Master Sally Bridgeland introduced this charity and the IFoA helps to find volunteers.
This charity helps children with speech, language and communication needs. CACT is donating £5,000 pa for three years from 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 for three years from 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 Junior Warden (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.
Liveryman Robert Hails is actively involved in this charity, where his wife is the chairman of trustees.
St Francis Hospice
This charity is an adult hospice covering NE London and west Essex. CACT is donating £5,000 pa for three years from 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 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 is donating £2,500 pa for three years from 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.
St John Ambulance – Twickenham branch
A donation of £500 per annum is made to this branch. Liveryman Holly Copley is a member and Holly regularly provides first aid cover at our events.
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 £4,000
The Mansion House Scholarship Appeal £1,000
The Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund £1,000
The St Lawrence Jewry Building Fund £1,000
The City and Guilds of London Institute £ 500
St Paul’s Cathedral Foundation £ 500
Musicians Benevolent Fund £ 250
Michael Pomery, Chairman