The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers has two associated charities: The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers' Charity (Registered Charity no.1072172) and The WCSM Education Trust (Registered Charity no. 1135045 and registered in England and Wales as a company limited by guarantee under no. 7136548). They have different purposes.
Senior Assistant David Baker donated his first royalty cheque to the Spectacle Makers' Charity following publication of his book.
All Liverymen and Freeman are encouraged to give regularly to the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers' Charity. Donations are also invited for the work of the WCSM Education Trust.
There are a variety of ways outlined below that you can support our charitable work.
By setting up a monthly standing order you can support our charities through regular giving. For UK taxpayers, a regular standing order can also attract Gift Aid which increases the value of your donation in the hands of the Charity, in a very tax efficient way for the donor. Regular donations monthly can be from as little as £5 per month, however many of our supporters regularly give £15 per month.
Click here for the Spectacle Makers' Charity Standing Order Form
Click here for the WCSM Education Trust Standing Order Form
The Spectacle Makers' Charity has benefited from one off generous donations from benefactors which have enabled the charity to grow its programme of grant giving to good causes helping the vision impaired.
The WCSM Education Trust has received over £45,000 from donations, which have enabled it to fund a bursary programme for those beginning optical training.
We are grateful to all those who have supported these initiatives.
Donations can be accepted at any time by bank transfer, directly to the account of the WCSM Charity or the WCSM Education Trust. Please contact the Clerk for bank details.
If you are an individual UK tax payer, please consider completing a Gift Aid form which will increase the value of your gift by 25%. Corporate donations cannot attract Gift Aid but you may be able to claim tax relief by deducting the value of your donations from your total business profits before assessment for corporation tax.
Please note that neither the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, the Spectacle Makers' Charity nor the WCSM Education Trust are authorised to give financial or tax advice. You may need to seek professional help from a regulated adviser for more complex transactions.
The 100 Club
The 100 Club is open only to Freemen, Liverymen and their immediate families, over the age of 16. Members of the Club contribute £100 each year for one “share” in the Club. All those holding a share make a commitment to pay by standing order and are entered into a draw twice a year. The prize draws for £250 each take place at the June Court Luncheon and at the December Court Luncheon there is an additional Star Prize of £1000. Imagine that as a Christmas present!
Joining the 100 Club is a great way to give a gift to family members which supports those with vision impairment and sight loss. There are shares still available. A form can be obtained here: get your share now!
The 100 Club is registered as a Lottery with the City of London Corporation.
The promoters are Liverymen Ros and David Kirk. Payments to the 100 Club are not eligible for Gift Aid.
The Spectacle Makers' Society runs many events during the year, some of which allow for any small profit balances to be donated by the Society to the Company's charities. So, by attending Society events, you can have fun AND help other people.
Click here for details of upcoming Society events.
Liverymen and Freeman may wish to consider leaving a bequest to the Company and its charities when they are updating their wills. For hundreds of years, the Company has been able to care for others and engage in charitable work because of the benefits given by legacies.
You may also as a solicitor, accountant or friend be asked for recommendations for legacy bequests and again it would be much appreciated if you would draw attention to the charitable work of the Spectacle Makers' Charity and WCSM Education Trust.
Secure Online Giving
For sponsored events, memorial giving or simply ease of use, you can also give online and ask for support for the WCSM Charity via www.virginmoneygiving.com.