Benevolent Fund

CILEx Benevolent Fund

The CILEx Benevolent Fund (“The Fund”) is a registered charity under The Charities Act, 1960. No. 295527.

The Fund’s vision is to provide access to relevant guidance, information and support to CILEx members in England and Wales, who find themselves in an unavoidable financial hardship.

Who Donates to the Fund?

The Fund relies on donations from CILEx members and branches as well as other public bodies. As a result, the total amount contained in the Fund can vary and is limited. Applicants should keep this in mind when applying to the Fund, which should be viewed as a ‘last resort’.

"I wanted to thank The Fund for all the support and assistance given to me during this very difficult time of my life. You have really helped to relieve some of the financial burden for a while."

Who Are the Trustees?

The Trustees of The Fund are:

Joyce Arram, FCILEx, FRSA, Honorary Vice President CILEx
Diane Burleigh OBE, Former Chief Executive, CILEx, Honorary Fellow of CILEx
Simon Wells, Lay Trustee (Chairperson)
Paul Clark, Lay Trustee (Vice Chairperson)
Linda Ford, Chief Executive Officer, CILEx

All decisions regarding applications to the Fund are entirely at the Trustees’ discretion.


What Type of Assistance Does the Fund Provide?

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The Fund can provide a range of assistance, for example, to provide financial help to cover unexpected or unusual bills, utility bills or the purchase of something to help ease a disability. The Trustees can also provide guidance on State benefits and other resources available for those who need financial advice such as debt consolidation. In cases where financial funding is granted, the amount will normally be a one-off payment. When considering whether financial assistance can be given, the Fund’s Trustees expect applicants to have availed themselves of any State benefits to which they may be entitled. The Trustees will normally draw attention to such benefits if this does not seem to have been done.

"The Fund recently made a very generous donation towards the cost of converting my bathroom. I would like to thank you for your generosity. I suffer from cerebral palsy and have been having trouble climbing into the bath. I now have a level access shower which has already made a big difference to my life. Without your donation it would not have been possible."


Eligibility Criteria

Applicants must be a current member of CILEx, have been a previous member or be a dependant of a member to apply to the Fund. Applicants must have been or be a member of CILEx for a minimum of one year before applying.  The Fund does not assist new members with their costs of joining CILEx. Applicants must be resident in England or Wales.

The Trustees are not able to consider applications for assistance with membership fees; student course fees; the costs of joining CILEx; discharge of outstanding judgements; HMRC tax bills; IVA's or bankruptcy.



Benefits and other Government Help

We have produced a page of useful links which will provide a wealth of information on government and financial assistance programmes.


How Do I Apply?

Before completing the application form, applicants are asked to review the Guide. All applicants must complete a CILEx Benevolent Fund Application.


How Can I Help?

By donating to the Fund we can use your money to help your fellow members. The Fund can claim back tax on your donation so your gift of £10.00 will become £12.50. Please remember that people who apply for help from the Fund often do so reluctantly but are always relieved and grateful that their requests are granted.

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easyfundraising is a free service where CILEx members can raise funds for the Fund when shopping online.

Choose from over 2000 of the UK's best-known retailers including many popular names such as Amazon, M&S, Argos, John Lewis and HMV, and when you shop using the links on the easyfundraising site up to 15% from every purchase you make is donated to the Fund.

It doesn't cost a penny extra to shop and raise funds for The Fund and as many retailers now give extra discounts when you buy online, you can even save money.

To register with easyfundraising, please follow the following link www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/cilex

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You can now raise funds when you search the web!

Use easysearch every time you search the Web and 50% of the fees paid by easysearch's advertising sponsors will be donated to the Fund. Use easysearch instead of Google or any other search engine and you can make a real difference to The Fund. By making just 10 searches a day with easysearch, you can raise around £20 a year.

To help raise funds with easysearch, please visit cilex.easysearch.org.uk