It is my privilege to present the Treasurer’s Report for the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children for the year ending 31st October 2016.
I am very grateful to the Fund’s trustees for taking time to provide me with their ongoing support in respect of my role as Hon. Treasurer. The trustees continue to carry out their roles with relentless dedication continuing to make their respective contributions to the charity.
With the help of many donations, sponsors old and new, and the generosity of the general public, the Fund has maintained reserves to enable continued support for many disadvantaged children of Greater London. By keeping up the reserves we were able to take many disadvantaged children on a fantastic day trip to Southend to have a fun packed day at Woburn Safari Park and to a party at the Grosvenor House, which is our annual ‘Mad Hatters’ Tea Party.
General administration expenses have been kept down once again to less than 2p in the pound, allowing nearly every penny of income to be spent on improving the quality of life for those in need.
During the past year the charity has granted £3,683.56 by supplying specialised equipment to families in need of help, monies being used for a desperately needed air con unit and a buggy, plus other donations large and small given to many different organisations and families for other urgently needed equipment.
The cost of the annual Grosvenor House children’s Christmas party at £6,062.99 against the previous year figure of £6,882.83 shows a saving, this being due to the previous year’s hire charges for the Great Room. The annual outing to Southend-on-Sea cost £16,971.64, which showed an increase against the previous year’s figure of £16,038.77. Woburn costs were £4,767.76.
In such challenging times, the Fund have been successful with street collections at events such as the Burlington Arcade, London, W1, Sainsbury’s (Low Hall) Chingford, E4 and London’s Victoria Station. Also having collecting boxes placed around London has helped to raise money to meet an ever increasing demand for our help.
Because of the tremendous generosity of people’s donations and sponsoring, the Fund have been able to recover all of our outlays and more, giving hundreds of disadvantaged children many great memories to cherish.
Thank you to everyone that has supported the London Taxi Drivers’ Charity for Children and we look forward to helping many more disadvantaged children in the forthcoming year.
HON. TREASURER’S REPORT (2015 – 2016)