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The Makers of Playing Cards Charity

 Newsletter 1 - January 2020


Welcome to the first edition of what I hope will be a regular e-newsletter about the Makers of Playing Cards Charity (MPCC).  As you are all aware, the MPCC exists to provide financial assistance to deserving young people under the age of 25, particularly, but not limited to their educational needs.
Last year (2019) MPCC awarded a record breaking £96,000 to worthy causes, an amount made possible in part by some 70% of the Livery making regular generous donations.  For those benefactors, this newsletter has been compiled to give examples of how their money has been distributed and, more importantly, the impact those grants are having on people in need. 
Please feel free to contact the Prime Almoner or Chairman on any of the items you see below for further information
. I hope you enjoy reading it.

Michael Davis-Marks
Chairman of Trustees, MPCC

A full list of all the grants awarded and charities supported can be found on the Company's new website in the members' section.  Below are a small selection of our supported charities with reports on how we are helping them.  If you are aware of any worthy causes that meet the objects of our charity and might merit an award, please get in touch with the Prime Almoner, Barbara Ide.  If you don't already donate and would like to, please see the details at the foot of this newsletter. Click on the link below to see our full grant allocation for last year.
Grants awarded 2019. Click here

The Bloomfield Learning Centre

From the Head Teacher:

In the past year, the Bloomfield Learning Centre has made significant achievements. We have maintained our core teaching provision in the Munro Centre at London Bridge, as well as continuing to expand our services to include a number of off- site teaching locations.

We have also expanded our service into Bosco Community College, in Bermondsey, providing a teacher for one day/week. Bosco is a youth centre for 16-19 year olds who are re-sitting English and Maths GCSEs, as well as gaining work experience in a range of apprenticeship settings. We have provided screening for all their new students, many of whom have undiagnosed Specific Learning Difficulties, as well as individual tuition for some of those in need of literacy support.

“….. you’ve assessed our son, X, on a number of occasions over the last 11 years. He has now started at University and is about to finish his first year. He has done so well and we are so very proud of all that he has achieved and we genuinely appreciate your support and guidance along the way. We have found your assessments to be invaluable in helping support X and for that we are so very grateful.” Andrew, May 2018

Jane Orr  - Head Teacher

The Felix Fund – the bomb disposal charity

From the CEO:
Please find below details of how The Felix Fund has used the support we received from the Playing Card Makers this year.

£400 – renewal of car insurance for an 18 year old Sapper based at Carver Barracks, Wimbish. His mother and siblings are financially dependent on him and his mother has been unwell. She is the full time carer for his younger brother and sister, one of whom has severe complex physical and mental needs. In addition his grandmother had a fall and came to stay with her daughter. This young Sapper has been spending vast sums and time on trains to try and get home on a regular basis to help out. His car insurance had expired and he could not afford to renew it.

£200 – funding for specialist counselling for the young son of a serving solider. Every time his father deploys, is away on exercise or just on duty the boy suffers with major anxiety and anger issues. Due to his age the most appropriate counselling needed was not available through the usual NHS channels.

£400 – towards the refurbishment of the Junior Ranks Club at Carver Barracks, Wimbish. It had become neglected and not a nice space to spend time in, meaning the juniors had nowhere to relax. Most of these personnel are under 25 and needed a place to be able to hang out and relax away from work and not be trapped in their bedrooms.
This year we have been thrilled to be able to help a number of people through the support we received from yourselves and we would like to express our sincere appreciation.
Melanie Moughton – CEO


Child Rescue Nepal


From the CEO

We are pleased to share the news that six girls have recently been rescued from dance bars and restaurants in Kathmandu.

In an incredible effort, our partner Shakti Samuha sent out six undercover teams to evaluate girls in the entertainment sector. The team found 19 girls in dangerous situations who were immediately rescued and brought to safety. Six of these girls were under the age of 16 and were transferred to our safe home, Marigold House.

The girls all had difficult stories to tell, but Panita had a particularly unusual journey. Unlike most of the children we rescue, Panita grew up in a rich family with a large estate. However, her life was changed forever when her father was kidnapped and brutally attacked. After he was rescued by the police, he was left traumatised and the family were forced to sell off their assets to pay for his medical treatment. Sadly, he never recovered and passed away soon afterwards.

The effect on Panita’s family was devastating. Struggling financially, her mother remarried but unfortunately this did not ease Panita’s burden. When she was only 10 years old, her stepfather sent her away to be a domestic worker.
Panita stayed with the family for two years but never received payment for her work, and was frequently verbally abused and beaten. She eventually ran away, but it was not long before she was trafficked into a dance bar. Stuck with another cruel owner, Panita was forced to cook and clean. She was also frequently sexually assaulted by the clients, but the bar owner never defended her.  Panita has now started her slow journey of recovery, supported by trained counsellors and compassionate support staff.

Jo Bega – CEO

Ways to donate

Direct Debit Collection

The MPCC uses “GoCardless” to allow members to donate through regular collections from their bank. This is the preferred method. Please let the Secretary know how much and how often you would like to donate.

Standing Order

If you prefer manually managed bank standing orders payments, please complete and send the attached form to your bank. Contributions can be monthly, quarterly, half-yearly or annually. If this is what you have decided to do, would you be so kind as to let us know what you have authorised so we can check it is arriving?

Gift Aid

The MPCC receives additional Gift Aid from HMRC providing you are an Income Tax or Capital Gains Tax payer. Please contact the secretary for a form, details above.

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