A report on the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund
City Bridge Trust is proud to have been associated with the London Bombings Relief Charitable Fund, which was set up in the wake of 7/7 to collect donations made by the public, and to distribute these to the bereaved families and injured survivors. Our then Chief Grants Officer, Clare Thomas, was one of the Fund’s trustees and one of our senior staff, Stewart Goshawk, was seconded for two years as the Fund’s Head of Secretariat. In total, the Fund received around £12m in donations, with payments made to 52 bereaved families and more than 300 of the most seriously injured and traumatised survivors.
The past few weeks have seen the 10th anniversary commemorations of those tragic events – with a service of national remembrance at St Paul’s Cathedral and other gatherings at the sites of the four explosions and at the memorial in Hyde Park. Although the Fund was officially closed, some of the former trustees and staff remain in close contact and supported City Hall in the preparations for the 10th anniversary. They also thought it would be timely to take a reflective look at what the fund acheived in comparison with other disaster funds that have operated around the world in recent years. It was also an opportunity to consider how a disaster fund might work differently today from the LBRCF experience 10 years ago – the advent of social media, the wider availability of the internet and innovations in fund raising would all impact on a similar initiative if active now.
City Bridge Trust was pleased to make funding available to commission Professor Diana Leat to undertake the research. The report is an important contribution to the sector’s thinking in this corner of the grant-making world.
Finally, with this being City Bridge Trust’s 20th anniversary, it is particularly fitting that the report allows us to reflect on one of the most challenging yet rewarding endeavours with which we have been associated.
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