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Charitable giving in December

This week the Company will be making payments to beneficiaries of two of its charities: Dame Alice Owen’s Eleemosynary Charities and Mr Samuel Whitbread’s Trusts.

The Scheme of Dame Alice Owen’s Eleemosynary Charities states that the income of the charity (which in 2018 was £7,471) should be used to provide grants, items and services to elderly individuals in need and/or charities or organisations working to prevent or relieve poverty amongst the elderly who have lived in the Parishes of St. Mary, Islington or St. James, Clerkenwell, Christchurch and Spitalfields.  This year grants were paid in July and December to seven elderly (aged between 69 and 98) residents of these areas.

The scheme of Mr Samuel Whitbread’s Trusts states that the application of the yearly income (which in 2018 was £17,844) shall be as follows:

  • For the benefit of poor Freemen of the Brewers’ Company and their widows.
  • In and insofar as income in any year is not required for application in the manner aforesaid,
    the Trustee may apply the same as they think fit in one or more of the following ways:
    – For the benefit of poor persons who have been employed in the brewing industry or
    engaged in the sale of beer or of beer and other alcoholic liquors from licensed
    premises in England or Wales and their widows and children;
    – In making grants to charitable organisations having amongst their objects the benefit
    of poor persons who have been employed or engaged as aforesaid in England and
    Wales and their widows and children;
    – For the relief of poor persons.

This year grants were paid in July and December to six individuals in need who used to work in the brewing industry.  Additionally a grant was paid to the Benevolent, the Drinks Industry Charity, which provides help and support to anyone who works or has worked in the UK drinks industry and their families.

The Brewers’ Company would be delighted to hear from individuals or organisations who would be eligible to receive grants from these charities.