GUILD OF BENEVOLENCEof
The Institute of Marine Engineering, Science and Technology
WHAT IS IT?
WHAT DOES IT DO?
WHO QUALIFIES FOR ASSISTANCE?
HOW CAN I APPLY FOR ASSISTANCE?
WHAT IS IT?The Guild of Benevolence is a registered charity (No: 208727) with the object of granting relief to necessitous and deserving Marine Engineer Officers and past and present members of the IMarEST , their dependants and their children.
The Guild originated from the Fund raised to help the families of the Engineer Officers in the liner Titanic which sank on 15th April 1912, after striking an iceberg in mid-Atlantic. As a consequence, all the Engineer Officers lost their lives.
In recent years the Guild has been administered by an elected Committee of twelve voluntary members, who are the Trustees of the Charity.
WHAT DOES IT DO?Provides various forms of help:
1) Provides financial assistance to persons who qualify under the Guild Rules, for example:
a) Making regular grants to supplement a very low income. The current grant is usually £20.00 per week, which is within the limits of the UK government's charitable disregard and does not affect either entitlement to state benefits or income tax liabilities.
b) Helping with shortfalls in reasonable nursing home fees.
c) Making single lump sum grants to assist in the purchase of costly items which are essential for recipients well-being.
d) Assisting with the cost of essential home repairs or decoration.
e) Assisting with essential and reasonable funeral expenses in excess of any state help.
f) Assisting with financial support of Charitable Education Foundations for the children of Marine Engineers.
g) Assisting with of respite care.
h) Assisting with debt relief.
2) Possesses a single nomination right to an Anchor Housing Trust sheltered unit. At present this is in Hull and is taken up by the mother of a member of the Institute. Those wishing to place their names on the waiting list for sheltered housing should contact the Secretary at the address given below. The nomination right exists for England only.
3) Offers guidance and assistance to those persons who qualify under the Guild Rules but do not have friends or relations to offer support.
Applicants for grants are sent a financial questionnaire to enquire into their financial circumstances. The information requested enables the Guild Committee to assess the application. All information provided is treated with the strictest confidence.