In many ways, Captain Tom showed us all that charity begins at home, and by doing that, he became a hero to many of us.
Captain Sir Tom, who was given the honorary title of colonel on his 100th birthday, had initially set out to raise £1,000 for NHS charities by walking laps of the 82ft (25m) loop in his garden in Marston Moretaine, Bedfordshire. But he eventually raised £32,794,701 from more than one and a half million supporters.
May he Rest in Peace – thank you Colonel Sir Tom!
The coronavirus pandemic of 2020 has been a terrible time for so many people, so the trustees of the Living by Giving Trust decided to help in a small way: by donating a grant of £100 to charities or causes local to them. Though these are only small grants, they can mean a huge amount to local charities.
One of our founding trustees, Matt Betts lives in Bournemouth, Dorset and with the blessing of other trustees was able to donate £100 to three charities in the area: Macmillan Caring Locally, Questa Voce and the local foodbank. In these difficult times, all three local charities very much appreciated these donations.
Another trustee, Sarah Keaney was able to donate £100 to a local initiative in Enfield called ‘Love Your Doorstep’, which supports many people in the area in these difficult times of job losses and financial struggles. At the last count, the initiative had raised over £4,000!
Finally trustee, Sadie Vile was able to donate £200 to a local community charity in Hertfordshire. More details soon!
It’s thanks to you, our supporters, that we are able to do this – so thank you very much and please stay safe!
Thank you to all our supporters for your donations over the last few years! We are looking forward to an even more exciting year ahead. Happy New Year everyone!
Happy five years to us! We were founded five years ago with the remit to:
i) To provide respite, relief and assistance for the suffering and distress of children and vulnerable adults who have disabilities, or who are physically or emotionally deprived or neglected, and their families.
ii) The relief of the sick/poor living in the UK either generally or individually through the provision of grants, goods or services.
iii) To advance in life and (relieve needs of) (help) young people.
Thank you for your support over the last five years, we really appreciate it. Thanks to you, we have been able to support so many people and charities.
After a successful first year, the Living by Giving Trust is looking to appoint two
new trustees who will help us develop our projects yet further. We invite applications
from people who are…
- enthusiastic about the contribution that charities make to society
- able to demonstrate their commitment to voluntary work
- supportive of our aims to improve the condition of people’s lives, as described in our Trust Deed and on our website (www.livingbygivingtrust.com)
- willing to work as part of a team of Trustees, which meets about four times a year, normally in London
- able to add skills to our Board, such as fundraising, publicity, outreach, administration, etc
To apply please send a letter of introduction by Friday 25 November 2011 to Matt Betts by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org. For further information, please contact our chairman, Johan Bergström-Allen, by emailing:email@example.com
Successful applicants will be invited to interview in central London on the evening of Friday 2 December 2011.
The Living by Giving Trust has recently purchased vital equipment to ensure that a Soup Run for London homeless was able to continue it’s good work.
The Frontline Homeless Soup Run Group has been running for over twenty years simply by the volunteering and goodwill of local people in Stamford Hill, North London who make sandwiches, tea, coffee, soup, etc for homeless people in central London every Saturday evening.
Recently the majority of the Group’s equipment was lost or stolen and they had no way of continuing with no budget to buy replacements until the Living by Giving Trust stepped in. It meant that the group could successfully serve the homeless during the Christmas period (some of our photos can be seen below).