The First Help
The first help was given – £116 in grants were given to 8 beneficiaries including;
- A dentist who has broken down in health, with a paralysed wife and no means of support, unable to work at his profession.
- A widow with seven children and no means what so ever. Two of the children are being educated and provided for at Orphan Schools, and the widow is being trained in an occupation that will enable her to support some of her other children
- A daughter of a deceased dental surgeon is being provided with board, lodging and education at the expense of the fund with a view to her receiving such training as will enable her to earn her own living.
The Need For A Charity
The Committee, by the time of the first Annual General Meeting in August 1884, believed they had ample proof of the need for a benevolent fund by the ‘recital’ of cases that had come to their notice in the first six months. They also noted that the rate of income at that time would prove totally inadequate to the probable expenditure. The Committee commented “Your Committee are most solicitous to know whether a body of men who claim to belong to a liberal and learned profession will allow the widows of their deceased brethren to remain in want and their children to grow up in ignorance.”
Grant Support Increases
Funding From The Profession
Fundraising Through Merchandise
Last Christmas Draw
Changes to 'The Rules'