Benevolent Fund makes record number of awards

The ICE Benevolent Fund has made a record number of awards, amounting to over £100,000, aimed at helping ICE members and their families.

 ICE Benevolent Fund Trustee Board members.
ICE Benevolent Fund Trustee Board members.

Trustees of the ICE Benevolent Fund had their 3rd meeting of the year in July to discuss developments within the organisation and applications for assistance from ICE members and their families.

During the meeting, awards amounting to over £100,000 were agreed to help with a variety of circumstances, such as help with living costs, medical expenses, specialist equipment purchase, house repairs and adaptations, supporting widows and relieving temporary financial hardship. Decisions on awards are taken by the Trustees following recommendations from the Ben Fund Caseworker and information taken from Ben Fund Visitor reports.

“Some cases really bring it home to you just how fragile a life of comfort is. Combined misfortune or ill health can have devastating effects on one’s circumstances and ability to cope with everyday living costs” explains Ian Gee, Trustee and Volunteer Visitor, “it is satisfying to be able to help colleagues who are experiencing difficulties.”

“The number of applications to the Benevolent Fund is increasing since we expanded our range of services and more members hear about what we can offer” explained Kris Barnett, CEO of the Benevolent Fund. “It’s so important for the membership to continue to support their Benevolent Fund by donating the suggested £10 contribution at the time they renew their ICE membership. This will help us to provide for the increasing demand from those experiencing difficulties.”

If you would like to donate to the Benevolent Fund, please add £10, or any amount, to your ICE subscription invoice, via MyICE.

Alternatively text MDON16£10 to 70070, or visit JustGiving.

Find out more about the ICE Benevolent Fund