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The Master’s Charity 2023

The Masters Charity this year is Dogs Trust which supports dog owners fleeing from domestic violence.

Read all about them by clicking here

The Master’s Charity for 2022 was Age Exchange.  A cheque for £12,000 was presented to David Savill in February at the Installation Luncheon – see picture on the right.

In a letter to the Master, David wrote:

I’m struggling to put into words how shocked and moved I am by the generosity and hospitality of the Horners.
The donation of £12,000 to Age Exchange has saved an entire dementia support programme for at least another year. I’ve been miserable about getting ready to tell everyone it was closing down but the Horners have saved a truly beautiful programme that does wonders for the people with dementia who need us and their cares who depend on us. Thank you doesn’t cover it. Thank you Mike and Jen for seeing what we do here and to you and the Horners for coming to Age Exchange and getting what we are about and supporting that. Raj and I had such a great day yesterday. If you are ok with this Age Exchange would like to name, its Thursday dementia club “The Happy Horners Thursday Club/ for people with dementia and their carers”
All the best and huge thanks


The Master has decided that he will not choose a named Charity for 2021 so that extra funding will be available for the General Charitable Committee to donate to Charities that meet their objectives,

To find out more about the work of the General Charitable Committee and the Charities that have received donations please click here.

Our Master, David Giachardi, has chosen Sands in memory of his granddaughter Matilda who was stillborn in 2014.

He said: “My family are extremely grateful to Sands for the support they gave us following the death of our granddaughter Matilda, and that is why I have chosen them as our Charity of the Year for 2019.

“You never forget such a tragedy, but with the support from a charity like Sands you can build and carry on and I am pleased to say that my daughter Katherine and her partner have subsequently had two healthy little boys.”


Each year the Master Horner chooses a Charity to support and in 2018 the Master Horner, Gordon Haines MBE, chose to raise funds for the Hoxton Salvation Army Community Centre. The aim was to transform the roof space there into a multi-use, bright, safe, and sensory space for the elderly and those suffering from early onset dementia and others struggling with a range of physical and psychological needs.

The target amount of £25,000 was considerably exceeded with a record amount of £35,000 raised, thanks to the generous support of Horners during the year for which Gordon was extremely grateful.

A cheque for £35,000 was presented to Major Sally Spry of the Salvation army in March 2019 by the then Deputy Master Gordon Haines at the roof space which is now to be transformed.

The Masters Charity for 2017 is Blind in Business.

Blind in Business helps people who are blind or have partial sight into work. Their training and employment services help identify them to help and achieve their ambitions. They offer help and support in finding work, the interview process and obtaining equipment to help them succeed. They also support employers in hiring and working with people with visual impairments.

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This year the Master has chosen Mudchute on the Isle of Dogs as his charity.

No doubt you will have read about the wonderful work that is being done there for young and old in the East End of London.
Set in 32 acres of countryside in the heart of East London, the Mudchute is a community charity, with a working farm, stables, a children’s nursery and a wide range of education activities.

It is open every day, free of charge. See more at

The Master’s Charity for 2015 was Blind Veterans

Blind Veterans help blind ex-Service men and women lead independent and fulfilling lives by supporting them with our in-depth expertise, experience and full range of services. They give veterans much-needed support to adjust to sight loss, overcome the challenges of blindness and enjoy daily life. Our charity has been offering physical and emotional support to vision impaired veterans since 1915.

The choice of this very deserving charity is a fitting tribute to our late Upper Warden, Robert Leader, who dedicated so many years to the charity as its Chief Executive.

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The Master’s Charity 2014

In 1956 the original Camphill Village Trust started at Botton and is home to over 100 adults with learning disabilities and 150 volunteers with their families from around the world. The volunteers receive no wages but everyone lives off the five farms and an amazing collection of cottage industries. The accommodation is a variety of farmhouses on the hillside surrounded by animals shrouded in mist. They farm totally organically and the Shorthorn Cows own horn is ground up and used like bone-meal on the fields. There are a total of eleven Camphill Villages in the UK but the average age at Botton is increasing and many of the volunteers have their own children giving a very wide total age span. Very few of the houses have television or internet access.

Our new Master Jack Bunyer has had a long association with Botton and feels that this is an extremely worthwhile venture and so we asked them what could we do to help that would make a really positive impact on their lives. The answer is that all residents and especially those getting a little older would really like to have somewhere to relax together socially in the evenings and at weekends. There is a small rather tired hall which needs some serious re-furbishment and would benefit from a selection of comfortable sofas and chairs, a large television, perhaps some form of internet access, a pool table for the younger inhabitants and a spend of £ 20,000 would bring immense change and comfort to a wonderful group of self sufficient people.