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The Worshipful Company of Horners

General Charitable Activities

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.  The General Charitable Committee meets to decide where to distribute the available funds.

Donations are made each year  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 generally where sums of  up to £5,000 would make a difference. Usually, these have some connection with the City or with London.


We have chosen four main charities to support on a four-year rolling basis. They are:


Spitalfields City Farm is an inner-city farm for the benefit of the inhabitants of Spitalfields and the surrounding neighbourhood. The Farm provides education and volunteering activities for the community.



Tower Hamlets Mission works with people suffering from alcohol and/or drug dependency, who are homeless, or in danger of becoming homeless and are receiving state benefits. The aim is to enable them to break the cycle of chronic addiction definitively and to rebuild purposeful, stable lives through the provision of high quality, comprehensive and long term residential therapy, rehabilitation and resettlement.



Age Exchange aims to change lives through reminiscence, improving health and wellbeing to reduce isolation and loneliness, promote intergenerational understanding, improve the quality of life and care for older people and those with dementia and support carers to maintain their own health and wellbeing.
It is regarded as the UK’s leading charity working in the field of Reminiscence Arts in Dementia Care – and uses its highly successful interventions to measurably improve the lives of people living with dementia and their family carers.  It runs projects and services 6 days a week supporting vulnerable Londoners who need help.



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



We made a grants to the following pan-Livery initiatives and City based Charities including:


No Going Back is a Livery Company initiative supporting offender rehabilitation.  With funding and job opportunities provided via members of Livery Companies this programme is designed to get people into employment on release and includes accommodation for those leaving prison who might not otherwise be able to take up their jobs. The overriding aim is to offer a bespoke approach with training, upskilling, employability and work readiness all part of the offer to ensure the passage into employment is as seamless as possible for both the individuals and the employers.  In addition, for those that don’t have accommodation, the programme works to achieve this so people can take up their jobs. The project is overseen by a Steering Group comprising representatives of participating Livery Companies and is being delivered by the charity Bounce Back Foundation.


The Livery Food Initiative has been launched by the Livery Charity Chairs Group. The funds go to the charity City Harvest, a food redistribution charity, which was involved in the Livery Kitchens Initiative during the pandemic. The new initiative is to increase the volume of surplus food able to be redistributed in London to people suffering from food poverty by funding the operating costs of running the food rescue vans.

Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund

They believe that every person deserves a second chance and are committed to the rehabilitation of prison leavers and the welfare of their families, to help them stop offending and start a new life. Based at the Old Bailey, the Fund works closely with the Probation Service to ensure the grants reach those most in need.  They also collaborate with other charities to deliver education and training programmes in prison focused on rehabilitation.

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal

The Lord Mayor’s Appeal’s strategic aim is to create A Better City for All that is inclusive, healthy, skilled and fair.

St Paul’s Foundation

The Charity raises funds for the maintenance and repair of St Paul’s Cathedral and to further its work in the following areas: theological and educational work, music and music educational work, and the work of the Cathedral as a diocesan, national and international institution.


In addition we also make one off donations to other deserving charities and donations have been made to:


Crackerjacks Children’s Trust believes that every child, whatever their needs, has the right to participate fully in their community and to have the same choices, opportunities and experiences to make local friends and to access, play, leisure and recreational facilities. They offer respite care and supply specialist equipment including wheelchairs, special beds, hoists for lifting older children, as well as toys, specially designed play equipment and rooms designed for safe play.



YES outdoors supports the most disadvantaged young people from north London. The projects they provide improve young people’s life chances by offering constructive and engaging activities combined with mentoring support. They have a team of 30 long-serving volunteer mentors who come from the local community and act as positive role-models. Some of the projects they offer free of charge include a Bicycle Maintenance project, an Activity-based Mentoring project, a Tutoring and Homework Club and an Employment Project.



The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust (CHECT) is the only UK charity dedicated to working with and on behalf of the babies, children and families affected by retinoblastoma (Rb). Around 50 babies and children in the UK are newly diagnosed with retinoblastoma every year, and roughly 200 children at any one time are receiving treatment or aftercare. Although 98% of children affected by Rb survive, most will be left with a permanent visual impairment. Around half of the affected children will lose an eye and a few are left completely blind. Our grant will go towards specialist support work in London.


DOGS TRUST FREEDOM PROJECT which supports people fleeing domestic abuse by offering a free pet fostering service, as well as raising awareness of how pets can often be used as a tool by perpetrators to abuse their partner/family member. This was the Master’s nominated Charity in 2023.


Every Horner is encouraged to donate to our Charitable Funds and below are the different options available for one off or regular donations.We also encourage Horners to remember our Charitable Funds by leaving a Legacy for them in their Wills. If you would like to find out more, please click here for details.

Donation by Just Giving:
If you would like to make a donation to our charitable funds  please click on this link Justgiving or use the QR code below:


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Donation by Standing order:

Members are generally expected to make regular donations to the Horners Charity Fund by means of a Standing Order.  The Standing Order form includes a Gift Aid Declaration which allows the charity to reclaim gift aid on your behalf on your donation.  Details of how to complete and process the form are included. Click here to download a standing order form which includes a gift aid declaration.

Donation by Bank Transfer:
Some members prefer to make a donation by  bank transfer.  The bank account details of the Horners Charity Fund are as follows:

Beneficiary                       The Horners Charity Fund
Bank  Name                    C.Hoare & Company
Bank Address                 37, Fleet  Street, London EC4P 4DQ
Sort code                          15-99-00
Account Number            37750460

Please add your name as a reference to your payment.  If your donation is specifically for the Masters Charity please add “Master” to the reference.
As the Horners Charity Fund does not have the same bank account number as the Livery Company,  please ensure you use the account number stated above.

 Donation by Cheque
Please make your cheque payable to the ‘The Horners Charity Fund’ and send it to:

Mrs Claire Chitty, Secretary of the Horners Charity Fund
Quarry Hill
Brassey Road,
Surrey RH8 0ET

If your donation is specifically for the Masters Charity, please add “Master” to the back of your cheque.
Please do not make your cheque out to the “Horners Company”.

Donation from a Charities Aid Foundation Account ( CAF Account )
Donations can be made from a Charities Aid Foundation Account.  Please remember to sign the CAF Charity Cheques and/or Vouchers before you sent them to us. Without your signature we cannot process the donation.  Please send the vouchers to Rebecca Joyce as above.

Gift Aid Declaration 
If we have a Gift Aid Declaration for you on file, we are able to reclaim the Gift Aid on any donation you make, regardless whether it is by Standing Order, Automatic Bank Transfer or Cheque.  If you donate and we do not have one on file, we may contact you.

If you pay the standard tax rate in the UK for any income and/or capital gains and you complete and sign a Gift Aid Declaration the Horners Charity Fund can claim Gift Aid on behalf of your donation.  This will effectively increase your donation by 25%.

If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to claim the additional tax relief due to you,  include your Gift Aid Donations on your Self-Assessment Tax Return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.

The Horners Charity Fund has a responsibility to keep your Gift Aid Declaration on File and to ensure that it has a recent copy.  We will therefore ask you every 4 years to again sign an updated Gift Aid Declaration.    You need to inform us if you want to cancel your declaration, change your name or home address and/or no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains for the Gift Aid Declaration to be useable. Click here to download a Gift Aid Declaration Form.

Please send the form for the attention of
Claire Chitty, Secretary of the Horners Charity Fund
address as above.

or scan the completed form, or take a picture of it and email

Alternatively you could also send us a digital gift aid declaration by copying the information below in an email, complete this declaration:


I confirm I pay Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax in the UK at least at the standard rate and to the amount which I wish the The Horners Charity Fund to reclaim for the benefit of The Horners Charity Fund (no. 292204). I will advise The Horners Charity Fund if my circumstances should change. Please treat all gifts of money in the past 6 years and all future gifts of money that I make from the date of this declaration as Gift Aid donations


First name…………………………………


Full home address………………………….




Email address………………………………


Please email it to:


For any further questions please contact

Mrs Claire Chitty, Secretary of the Horners Charity Fund at

The Master’s Charity 2024

Development Through Challenge.

They believe that climbing should be available to everyone, regardless of ability to pay, physical ability, or skill level. We work to support the development and diversity of the climbing community, through offering world class route-setting alongside subsidised and free programmes for young people and underrepresented groups.

At their climbing wall in East London , they are committed to supporting the local communities through their many training courses and partnerships. Using the sport of climbing as a catalyst for development, they work with local schools, youth groups, special education needs groups, pupil referral units and youth offending teams on programmes ranging from GCSE climbing through to AQA awards, and NICAS and Squad programmes. Every penny they earn goes back into the development of the centre and offering subsidised and free programmes for young people and underrepresented groups.

Every Horner is encouraged to donate to our Charitable Funds and below are the different options available for one off or regular donations.We also encourage Horners to remember our Charitable Funds by leaving a Legacy for them in their Wills. If you would like to find out more, please click here for details.


We’ve registered The Horners Charity Fund with easyfundraising, which means over 7,000 brands will now donate to us for FREE every time you use easyfundraising to shop with them.
These donations will help SO MUCH, so please sign up to support us – it’s completely FREE and doesn’t take long.
To sign up click on Easyfundraising.

Donation by Just Giving:
If you would like to make a donation to our charitable funds  please click on this link Justgiving or use the QR code below:


Thanks to the generosity of the late Past Master Basil Becker, we have been able, for a number of years, to award a scholarship to a student at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

The Horners have entered into an agreement with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama to provide a scholarship for a student attending their two year post-graduate opera course. There is no government grant or funding available for this course so students with limited financial means would not be able to attend without financial support. The recipient of this award is expected to perform for The Livery at agreed events.

Our Becker Scholar is a student on the Guildhall School of Music and Drama’s two-year post-graduate opera course. Emyr,  began his two-year course in the Autumn Term of the 2022/23 academic year.

Emyr Lloyd Jones is a baritone from North Wales, studying with Susan Waters at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, where he is the Horners’ Becker and the Tobacco Pipemakers’ Scholar on the Opera Course. He holds BMus and MMus degrees from the Royal Northern College of Music. Emyr is this year’s winner of the Pendine International Voice of the Future at the Llangollen International Musical Eisteddfod.

At the RNCM, Emyr was the winner of the Betty Bannerman French Song Prize, the English Song Prize, the Joyce and Michael Kennedy Award for the singing of Strauss (2021), the Alexander Young Prize (2019), the James Martin Oncken Song Prize (2018), the Elsie Thurston Prize (2017) as well as the Joyce Budd prize for second place in the Kathleen Ferrier Society Bursary for Young Singers (2017). Emyr was a finalist in the Gold Medal Competition and the Frederic Cox Award for singing.

Emyr’s operatic highlights include the role of Sir Hugh Evans in Vaughan Williams’ Sir John in Love (BYO), Il Conte di Almaviva in Mozart’s Le Nozze di Fiagro, Musiklehrer in Strauss’ Ariadne auf Naxos, the Forester in Janáček’s The Cunning Little Vixen and Edmund Bertram in Jonathan Dove’s Mansfield Park (RNCM).

Apply for a Grant from the General Charity Fund to your Charity


The general charity funds of the Horners’ Charity are generated from both members of the Worshipful Company of Horners enhanced by Gift Aid and past members who have bequeathed money for charitable purposes. After regular annual donations the Trustees usually have up to £30,000.00 pa to donate to charities.  They look to make donations to smaller charities or modest projects where grants of up to £5,000.00 will make a significant difference.

Applications for grants are welcomed at any time of the year.  Applications are generally considered on an annual basis in November for grants received by 31 August, with the grant being made by 31 December. The Trustees do also, in some exceptional circumstances, react quickly to “one-off” requests for donations during the year.

The Charity will generally only support charities which are registered with the Charity Commission of England and Wales. The Charity prioritises applications that

  • are applying for a grant to be used for a charitable purpose in the public benefit
  • have been nominated by a donating member of the Horners Company
  • are small enough in size or which apply for support for a modest project, which will benefit substantially from a donation of less than £5000.00
  • benefit children, homeless and educational funds or work in and around the City of London
  • the Charity does not support applications from individuals seeking personal gra

 The application form for grant applications can be found by clicking here.

 Please apply to;

Assistant Clerk

Claire Chitty

Quarry Hill
Brassey Road


In 2012, the Horners’ Charity Funds received a considerable legacy from AE (Ted) Lawrence who had been a Liveryman since July 1970.

The legacy was specific and left £500 Book Prizes to each of the three City of London Schools (CoL), the CoL Freemen’s School, the CoL Girls School and to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama. The legacy also specified that the remainder of the annual income from the invested money, should be divided equally between the three City of London Schools to provide Part Scholarship Prizes (or bursaries).

The prizes in both categories are known as the Edward Charles Lawrence Horners’ Awards for the two former schools. For the Girls School and the Guildhall School the prizes are known as the Rose Lawrence Horners’ Awards.

The bursaries at the three City of London Schools are match-funded by the City of London Corporation so that at each school, a pupil from a disadvantaged background has been able to be educated without the payment of any school fees.

The  Bursaries  average £7,000 a year for each pupil at an overall cost to the fund of some £23,000 per annum.