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The Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers’ Charity has launched a new campaign: to raise £1million by the time of the Company’s 400th Anniversary in 2029. This will allow the Charity not just to maintain and increase its current level of giving, but also to build up the capital endowment, the income from which forms a large part of the funds which are distributed to good causes each year.

As a reminder, the mission of the Charity is enable people with vision impairment to lead full and active lives through:

  • Grants to national and international organisations that provide services for vision impaired people and conduct associated vision research
  • Grants to support eye health training and education
  • Grants to charitable organisations which increase access for vision impaired people in business and leisure activities

Many Freemen and Liverymen already commit to regular giving in favour of the Charity. Every standing order makes a big difference and the Trustees are grateful to all those who give. There are also other ways of helping the Charity fulfil its longer term aims. For example, you could:

  • Attend a Spectacle Makers’ Society event in support of the Charity. Those who attended Sunday lunch at the Master’s home during the Master’s Weekend contributed more than £500
  • Pledge an amount from a retirement lump sum
  • Recommend a corporate donation
  • Consider the Charity when updating a will or an associated letter of wishes
  • Buy a share in the 100 Club – further details appear below!

This year, how about buying a Christmas or birthday present that will go forwards, help others and perhaps even give a chance of increasing in value?

Membership of the Company’s 100 club gives a very good chance of the recipient winning £250 or even £1,000 in one of the draws that take place each year, at the June and December Court Lunches. The odds are currently 1 in 14 – compare that with the National Lottery? And it’s so much more exciting than yet another pair of socks......

It is so easy to purchase – each share costs £100 and recipients can be anyone within the family of a Freeman of Liveryman, so long as they are over the age of 18. The subscription is renewed each year by setting up a standing order. Just get in touch with Ros and David Kirk or the Clerk and we will send you the forms. A share certificate in the name of the recipient will follow very shortly afterwards.

Your support is much appreciated by the people who benefit from our grants.

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