Charitable giving – how to give

Regular Giving

There are many ways to help our charitable work: through regular giving, a one-off donation, a gift in memory of someone, or a legacy or bequest.

By setting up a monthly standing order you can support one or both of our charities. For UK taxpayers contributing to our charities from a personal account, a regular standing order can also attract Gift Aid which increases the value of your donation by 25%.  Regular donations can be as small or as large as you wish. We recommend a voluntary commitment to charity of £20 per month for Liverymen and £10 per month for Freemen.  Gifts to the Company cannot currently attract Gift Aid.


Donations

Over the centuries, the Company has benefited from many one off donations which have enabled the both the Company and its charities to help others. Donations to The WCSM Education Trust of around £50,000 allowed it to fund its bursary programme for those beginning optical training.  Being named as a residuary legatee in the will of a Freeman will allow the Charity to reach its fundraising target much faster. We are grateful to all those who have supported these initiatives.

Donations can be accepted at any time for the Company, the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers' Charity and the WCSM Education Trust.  Please contact the Office on 020 7236 2932 to make a payment by credit or debit card (we cannot accept American Express) or email clerk@spectaclemakers.com for bank transfer details.

Please complete a gift aid form and send it to us as soon as possible after making your donation.  This really makes a huge difference.

GIFT AID FORM

Corporate donations cannot attract Gift Aid but you may be able to claim tax relief by deducting the value of your donations from your total business profits before assessment for corporation tax. Please note that the Worshipful Company of Spectacle Makers, the WCSM Charity and the WCSM Education Trust cannot give financial or tax advice and you may need to seek professional help from a regulated adviser for more complex transactions.

The 100 Club

The 100 Club is open to Freemen, Liverymen and their immediate families, over the age of 16. Members of the Club contribute £100 each year for one “share” in the Club. All those holding a share make a commitment to pay by standing order and are entered into a draw twice a year.  The "100 Club" means that only 100 shares can be issued, so prizes cannot be shared among a larger group of people.  The net proceeds of the 100 Club go directly to support the work of our Charity so joining the 100 Club is a great way to give a gift to family members which supports those with vision impairment and sight loss.

The prize draws take place at the June Court Luncheon and at the December Court Luncheon. Only those who have paid their subscriptions for the year can be entered into the draw. In June, six winning numbers each receive a prize of £250. In December, in addition to six winning numbers of £250 each, there is an additional Star Prize of £1000. Imagine that as a Christmas present!

Run in the way of many other club and charitable fundraising lotteries, the club membership is by ownership of shares.  Membership fees are paid by bank standing order, automatically renewed annually unless you cancel.   You can hold more than one share.

To join simply complete, sign and return the membership application form.

  100 club APPLICATION form 

The 100 Club is registered as a Lottery with the City of London Corporation.
The promoters are Liverymen Ros and David Kirk. Payments to the 100 Club are not eligible for Gift Aid.

Legacies

Liverymen and Freeman may wish to consider leaving their own legacy by remembering the Company and/or its charities in their wills or letters of wishes.  Please contact the Clerk on clerk@spectaclemakers.com   if you wish a note to be made of your intentions or to discuss any specific purposes for gifts and legacies.

Secure Online Giving

For sponsored events, memorial giving or simply ease of use, you can also give online and ask for support for the WCSM Charity via www.virginmoneygiving.com.