What we do
The objects of the charity are to further the education of children and young people with special needs. We do this by making grants to selected charitable schools and other registered charities in Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Kent, Surrey and Sussex. A list of the charities we currently support appears on the Applications page, together with details of our grant-making policies and application procedure.
A brief resume of our work for 2015-16 is available in our 2016 annual newsletter, available to download as a pdf here.
The charity is constituted as a company limited by guarantee, registered in England and Wales, no. 1238771. It is governed under a Memorandum and Articles of Association originated on 18 September 1975 and last amended in February 2016.
The charity is registered with the Charity Commission, no. 270943. Our Charity Commission Register entry can be accessed here.
The charity is governed by currently seven trustees, who form the Council of Management. They also act as company directors. The present trustees are:
- Chairman: Phoebe Cameron – specialist teacher with training in specific learning difficulties
- Vice-Chairman: Alison Henderson – company director with a particular interest in education and special needs
- Sarah Adams – parent with experience of specific learning difficulties
- Stephen Burley – company director and adviser to two major organisations in the fields of investments, pensions and finance
- Jack Cookson – solicitor, senior partner in a local legal practice
- Brian Gopsill – company secretary and performance director of a professional membership organisation in the field of speech and language therapy
- Sarah Lyons – director and principal therapist of an independent London speech and language therapy practice, chair of a related professional association
The trustees seek to maintain a Council of Management drawn from a range of backgrounds with experience relevant to the charity’s activities, and to keep up to date with developments in relevant fields. They meet three times per year, currently in the Wadhurst area near the East Sussex/Kent border.
The charity employs a part-time secretary, its only paid post, to support the trustees and carry out day to day administration.
Further governance information, including the charity’s regulatory compliance history, can be viewed on the Charity Commission website here.
If you wish to get in touch with us please see Contact page.
Finance and accounts
Until recently the trustees aimed to make grants at a level such that the charity broke even on its income and expenditure, taking one year with another. Following an exceptionally high level of grants and number of awards in the year ended 30 June 2017, due to overlapping awards policies, from 2017/18 the trustees aim to award grants totalling £30,000 per year.
Our accounts for the year ended 30 June 2016 showed income, all from investments, of £35,964, and grants of £30,543 payable to 17 organisations. After grant support costs of £2,752, governance costs of £2,110 and investment losses of £31,974 there was an overall decrease in funds of £31,415 to £828,396 at 30 June 2016. Our funds predominantly comprise investments, held to generate income to fund our work.
The paragraph above summarises some key points of our financial results and position from our latest annual accounts, and does not contain sufficient information to allow a full understanding of the charity’s financial affairs. It is not audited or independently examined.
For more detailed financial and other statutory information, the full Annual report and accounts for 2015/16, setting out our financial results and position and the associated Trustees’ report, should be consulted. These were signed on behalf of the trustees on 26 September 2016, received an unqualified report from the independent examiner on the same date and have been filed with the Charity Commission and Companies House. They can be accessed free of charge on the Charity Commission website here. Alternatively, hard copies can be obtained from the Secretary, at the address given on the Contact page; a small charge may be made to cover our costs.
A 5-year financial summary up to 2015/16 can be viewed on the Charity Commission website here, from which those years’ reports and accounts can also be accessed free of charge.
Legacies and donations
Legacies and donations are welcome. They, and related correspondence and enquiries, can be sent to the Secretary, contact details here.