Butchers’ charity increases grant amounts

The Butchers’ and Drovers’ Charitable Institution gave grants totalling just under £109,000 in 2012, the meat industry charity’s annual meeting was told.

The average size of grant given to applicants was just under £1,150, almost double the average grant given in 2011. The charity currently supports 91 pensioners with payments and three tenants at its Smoothfield Homes in West London.

A total of just over £250,000 was generated from fundraising before event expenses and other costs. Edward Hoefling was re-elected treasurer. He was also re-elected a custodian trustee along with Graham Sharp and Ian Kelly. Baker Tilly were re-elected auditors.

The president, Richard Cracknell, thanked Jim Sydenham of Interfood for the work he did in 2012 as festival chairman. This year’s festival chairman is Dovecote Park chief executive Richard Canvin. Events planned this year include the festival dinner at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel on 25 October, a clay pigeon shoot on 20 May. a motorsport day on 2 July and a golf day on 17 September.

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