SAVED MPC CHARITY FEB 20

The Makers of Playing Cards Charity

(Registered Charity No.232876)

Charity has always been an integral part of Livery companies' existence, ever since their formation, usually as Fraternities or Trade Guilds, in the Middle Ages.

Our connected charity, known as the MPCC, was set up in 1943. It was initially for beneficiaries and dependents of those who were or had been employed in the manufacture of playing cards.

Later, the objectives of the Trust were widened to provide for the relief of need, hardship and distress, especially among children, and the provision of financial assistance for the education, and well-being, for those under 25.

Please download our MPC Charity Brochure and take a look at our Newsletter.


Current aims and objectives

The current aims and objectives of the Trust are:

(a) To support the City of London ("Civic") charities/connected charities and City of London schools and colleges and, where relevant, inner London schools;

(b) To assist specific deserving students in their education;

(c) To support relevant, smaller charities in which Liverymen are actively involved and which they support;

(d) To support smaller charities where the Trustees are able to establish an ongoing relationship;

To make a donation please contact the MPCC Secretary:

Mrs Annie Prouse, 35 Ascot Way, Bicester, Oxfordshire, OX26 1AG
e-mail: charitysecretary@makersofplayingcards.co.uk
or get in touch using our contact page.

To share any fundraising ideas or suggest charitable grant proposals, please contact the Prime Almoner:

Mrs Barbara Ide JP
e-mail: charityalmoners@makersofplayingcards.co.uk
or get in touch using our contact page.

Please download our MPC Charity Brochure and take a look at our Newsletter.


HOW YOUR DONATIONS HELP

A SMALL SELECTION OF CHARITIES SUPPORTED BY MPCC

FELIX FUND BOMB DISPOSAL CHARITY

Based at the 11 Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD)
Regiment of the Royal Logistical Corps in Didcot, Oxfordshire.

WHAT THEY DO

Felix Fund exists to help any military or SO15 (Metropolitan Police
Counter Terrorism Unit) personnel who have conducted or assisted
with Explosive Ordnance Disposal (EOD) and search duties.

Visit their website for more information

HOW MPCC HELPS
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BLOOMFIELD LEARNING CENTRE CHARITY

Based at the Munro Centre 66 Snowsfield
London, SE1

WHAT THEY DO

Provide 1-to-1 specialist literacy teaching with a qualified dyslexia
teachers for children struggling with literacy and other difficulties.

Visit their website for more information

HOW MPCC HELPS
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CHILD RESCUE NEPAL

Based at St Clement's Court, London, EC4.
and Kathmandu Nepal
(Formerly known as the Esther Benjamins Trust)

WHAT THEY DO
We work with local police to raid the factories and restaurants
where children are held captive. We take the children to one
of our safe houses, where they receive medical attention and
counselling.

Visit their website for more information

HOW MPCC HELPS
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EASTSIDE YOUNG LEADERS' ACADEMY

Based at Station Road London E7

WHAT THEY DO
Nurture and develop the leadership potential, health and
well-being of children and young people, especially BMEs,
empowering them to become the next generation
of successful leaders.

Visit their website for more information

HOW MPCC HELPS
The funding from the Makers of Playing Cards specifically covered the cost of the young leaders’ journals. The journal is a bespoke work book which enables the students to keep a record of their learning.

This feeds into the Eastside Leadership Diploma which is made up of units accredited by AQA.

What impact does EYLA have? This has been debated in the press recently. Academies such as EYLA have had a major positive impact on BME school success in recent years.

See more detail about how your donations help from our
Charity Liaison Partner L/M David Hussey


YOUTH ON THE MOVE (LONDON)

Based at Schonfeld Square London, N16

WHAT THEY DO
Youth on the Move (London) empowers youth
aged 11-16 in the deprived London boroughs Hackney,
Haringey and Barnet to reach their fullest potential
through a wide range of services.

Visit their website for more information

HOW MPCC HELPS
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WORLD HEART BEAT MUSIC ACADEMY

Based at Kimber Road London SW18

WHAT THEY DO

The World Heart Beat Music Academy envisions a world
where music, as a universal form of communication,
bridges cultural, political, economic and linguistic barriers.

Visit their website for more information

HOW MPCC HELPS
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Donating to the Trust

All Liverymen and Freemen of the Company are expected on joining to make regular donations to MPCC according to their means, as all members recognise charity as a key element of belonging to the Makers of Playing Cards Livery Company.

The MPCC relies on regular and occasional donations from Liverymen and Freemen of the Company restricted to continually increase its investment funds. By this method, the donations gifted by the Members go on contributing to the growth of the Trust over many years. The annual income from the investments together with any fundraising income is then used to make grants to beneficiaries.

Please consider commencing a standing order to make regular contributions to the MPCC.
Please download the standing order form below:
MPCC Bank Standing Order Form

From time to time members are also approached to start or to review the level of their giving and are reminded of other tax effective ways that they can make donations, such as gifts of shares or legacies. Members wishing to create a legacy in their Wills to benefit the MPCC can download information of how to do this; please click the following download:
MPCC Legacy Codicil

Member Donors, and indeed non-Member Donors, who are Tax Payers are asked to complete a Gift Aid Form if they have not already done so. Please click the following link to download The MPCC Gift Aid Declaration Form:
MPCC Gift Aid Declaration


Grants to Beneficiary Charities

The Trust supports a variety of Charities associated with the welfare and support of Children, the education of Children, and for the relief of need and hardship among young people unto 25 years.

How to Apply for a Grant

The Makers of Playing Cards Charity is a small grant-maker and grants are generally of £1,000 in the first instance. The Charity makes grants to charitable institutions only and does not give grants to individuals. The Trustees are keen to support smaller charities with an annual voluntary income of less than £300,000 per year.

The Trustees meet to consider grant applications in May and October each year. Applications should arrive no later than the end of March for consideration in May, or the end of August for consideration in October.

The application should:

• be no longer than one side of A4.
• set out how you would spend a grant of £1,000.
• explain briefly how the work for which you seek funds meets the Makers of Playing Cards Charity’s charitable objects.
• include a copy of your most recent annual report and accounts
• be sent via email only to the Prime Almoner of the Makers of Playing Cards Charity at: charityalmoners@makersofplayingcards.co.uk

Your application will be acknowledged and in due course considered by the Trustees. You will then receive either an email to inform you that your application is unsuccessful or an offer letter setting out the terms of the grant and enclosing a cheque for the sum granted. By banking the cheque, you are deemed to have accepted the conditions of the grant.

We keep in touch with all our beneficiaries by appointing a Charity Liaison Partner who may well visit the charity and will be pleased to be invited to special events of that charity. They may also report back to the Prime Almoner on the impact of the grant.

Beneficiaries who continue to have the support of their Charity Liaison Partner will be eligible for consideration for a further grant on the anniversary of the previous grant. This further grant will be awarded automatically provided that they have given a satisfactory report on the expenditure of the previous award.

Charities may be considered for grants for periods of up to six consecutive years providing the terms of the grant have been met for each year. Charities will not normally be considered for funding covering more than six years in any 10.

The Objects of the Charity are:

“The relief or education of any person of any gender, who is or has been at any time in the manufacture of playing cards or their dependents in poor and necessitous circumstances as directed by the Master Wardens and Court of Assistants of the Worshipful Company of Makers of Playing Cards. If and insofar as income is not required for application in accordance with the above the same may be applied for one or more of the following;

1. For relief of need in accordance with the provisions hereinafter contained.

2. In assisting persons who have not attained the age of 25 years who are in need of financial assistance and are preparing for, entering upon or engaged in any profession, trade, occupation or service, by providing them with outfits or by paying fees, travelling or maintenance expenses, or by other means for their advancement in life or enable them, to earn their living;

3. In otherwise promoting the education (including the social and physical training) of such persons"


Charity Partners

With any charity activity, reliance on regular grants is very important as it allows for stability and planning. The Cutler Trust has formed relationships with charity partners to provide regular support, particularly with regard to bursaries for senior school students, and the funding of equipment and facilities at educational and special needs establishments.


To suggest charitable grant proposals, please contact:       

Prime Almoner: Court Assistant Mrs Barbara Ide
e-mail: charityalmoners@makersofplayingcards.co.uk