General Charitable Committee

Running in parallel with the Education Charitable Committee and answerable to the Trustees of the Company, the Committee’s main task is to choose worthy causes for support. Through the charitable nature of the City Livery Companies, a large number of organisations seek funding for their work from Companies such as the Horners.

Our Charitable funds are generated from regular donations from both members of the Company enhanced by Gift Aid and past members that have bequeathed monies for charitable purposes. In general, the Members annual donations and some of the income from our investments are disbursed annually.

As with many bequests, some are restricted to specific causes such as those from Ralph Anderson (Education), Thomas Clarke (Education of Blind Persons) and George Becker (Musical Education).

Donations are made each year from the income from the general funds to the Lord Mayor’s Fund, the Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund and the Poppy Appeal. In addition, each year the Master nominates a charity and organises specific events to raise money for it.

The balance of income available is divided between the Master’s charity for the year and other charities where sums of £2,000 to £4,000 would make a significant difference. Generally, these have some connection with the City or with London. In specific circumstances, the Trustees will react quickly by making a “one-off” donation.

This year we have chosen four main Charities to support which are…


Serious Trust
Serious Trust encourages young people, especially those disadvantaged and those with disabilities, to learn, play and listen to music from classical to jazz. Their broader mission is to advance education for the public benefit with particular reference to the appreciation of music in all it forms, promoting a knowledge and understanding od music and fostering the practice of music artists.


Blind in Business
Trains blind students and young adults in preparation for work. They create confidence by practising interviews, working in offices, as well as meeting people in places that they wish to work. They also help in writing professional looking CVs. They also extend their remit to training blind children to cop with their disability.


We have supported this Charity for several years which provide long term assistance and respite care to young carers and vulnerable children. The carers range in age from five to twelve year olds who have the responsibility for the care of their parents and siblings.


Alone in London
Alone in London supports vulnerable young people who, by being on their own in a large metropolis, face many challenges and need counselling, or family meditation or simply a safe and convenient place to talk.


In addition we also make one off donations to other deserving charities which are usually connected in some way to the City of London or are London based.

Honeypot Childrens’ Charity
Their aim is to enhance the lives of children whose childhoods have been lost due to domestic violence, poverty and neglect or from the everyday struggle of being a carer for a chronically sick or terminally ill parent

Serious Trust
Reaches young people from marginalised and excluded backgrounds and through their learning and participating programmes, ensure that those with least provision have access to inspirational music making opportunities

Spitalfields City Farm
Spitalfields City Farm houses a selection of Farm animals and has extensive growing areas where they concentrate on growing local affordable food for the community. They are an essential resource for local people and also act as an outdoor classroom, offering educational tours, groups and classes. Volunteers play a huge part in their work and they come to the Farm to learn new skills in a safe and welcoming environment.

Blind in Business
Training blind and visually impaired children and helping blind people into good jobs

London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy
Support and conductive education for children from birth to 14 years who suffer from cerebral palsy and other conditions affecting the nervous system.

Ronald McDonald House Charity
“Home away from home” accommodation for families whose seriously ill children are being treated at the Evelina London Childrens Hospital

Alone in London
Prevention of youth homelessness in London and providing family mediation

Tower Hamlets Mission
Serving the homeless ( including ex- servicemen and ex -prisoners) who are chronically addicted to alcohol and /or drugs