The AGM was the last meeting for our Chair Sid Farmer. He had been a committee member since the mid 1990s and Chair since 2013. He was presented with a picture depicting himself as the young porter, Mr Sparrow, on Honor Oak Station. We welcomed the new Chair Ms Jan Buckley.
We were also pleased to welcome Stanley Evans as our new President and Ruth Farmer as Vice-Chair.
The meeting heard that once again the number of referrals was higher than last year: 93 families were helped by the Charity. As ever we are grateful for donations from the public, via charity events and the donation boxes distributed locally. Donations have come in all sizes – small amounts in collection boxes, the sale of unwanted items bringing in £10 each and the £100 from someone’s winter fuel allowance, as well as community events and token donations. Sadly although we have completed forms for grants and applied for funds, we have not been successful because of the nature of our work.
Still our outgoings far outweigh our income.