The Presidents Club Charitable Trust was founded 33 years ago and has raised over £18 million for underprivileged and disadvantaged children and children’s charities.
Our vision; to help as many of these children as possible. Over the years, esteemed members of the investment, real estate, sports, entertainment, motor industry and fashion world have come together to support and raise millions of pounds for the trust at its annual fundraising event. The success of the Presidents Club has meant that donations have been made to numerous children’s charities some of which are listed below.
The trustee committee would like to thank the tireless efforts of the committee members in organising, supporting and raising substantial donations that enable the charity to assist so many worthy causes.
3 Dimensions Residential School
Aberlour Child Care Trust
Abingdon Centre Netball Club
Action for Kids
Action Medical Research
Aish HaTorah UK Ltd
Alder Hey Children’s Charity
Aleh Charitable Foundation, The
Anderson Foundation, The
Angel Shed Theatre Company
Anthony Nolan (was The Anthony Nolan Trust)
Arsenal Charitable Trust, The
Association of Children’s Hospices
Bike Project, The
Bede House Association
Bobath Centre, The
Brainwave Centre Ltd, The
British Friends of Neve Shalom
British Friends of Ohel Sarah
British Olympic Association
Caldecott Foundation, The
Calvert Trust Exmoor
Camelia Botnar Children’s Centre
Cancer Research UK
Central Foundation Boys’ School
Chestnut Tree House
Chicken Shed Theatre Trust
Child & Sound
Child Bereavement UK
Child Care Action Trust, The
Children’s Charity, The
Children’s Trust, The
Christ Church (Oxford) United Clubs t/a Ovalhouse
Christian Lewis Trust
City of London School Bursary Trust
Clatterbridge Cancer Charity, The
Community Security Trust (CST)
DALAID re Boys Boarding School, Belarus (Belarus United)
DALAID re Central Synagogue
Day Care Trust
Deafness Research UK
Demelza House Children’s Hospice
Disability Rights International
European Union Youth Orchestra (The IYF of GB)
Evelina London Children’s Hospital
Eyeless Trust, The
Facial Surgery Research Foundation – Saving Faces, The
The Gesher Trust (Gesher School)
Global Fund for Children UK Trust
Globetown Learning Community (now changed name to Its Your Life)
Golden Hinde Educational Trust, The
Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity
Guildhall School Trust, The
Guys & St Thomas’ Charity (Kings College London)
Guys & St Thomas’ Charity (Evelina London)
Hamelin Trust, The
Harefield Academy, The
Helen & Douglas House
Honeypot Charity, The
Hope House Children’s Hospice
Hope Charity, The
Hornsey Trust, The
Israel Guide Dog for the Blind – British Friends
Jessica Cannons (2011 chq to Saebo UK)
Jewish Blind & Disabled
Kentish Town City Farm
Knutsford Community Pre School
Leeds Children’s Hospital Charitable Foundation
Leonard Cheshire Disability
LEYF (London Early Years Foundation)
Lezley Margo Charitable Trust, The
London Centre for Children with Cerebral Palsy, The
London Children’s Museum
London Jewish Cultural Centre
London Wildlife Trust
Lord Taverners, The
Lubavitch Childrens Centre
Lubavitch of Edgware
Maccabi London Brady
Marie Curie Cancer Care
Maya Community Appeal
Melissa’s Fighting Fund
Michael Palin Centre for Stammering Children, The (changed name to Action for Stammering Children)
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Movement Centre, The
National Deaf Children’s Society
The Nirim Foundation
Noah’s Ark Children’s Hospice
Oasis Community Hub Waterloo
Friends of Olivia Sloane
Osteopathic Centre for Children
Outward Bound Trust, The
Panathlon Foundation Ltd
Partnership for Children
Pasque Charity, The
Percy Hedley Foundation
Princes Trust, The
Priority Trust, The
Rays of Sunshine
Refugio Aboim Ascensao
Richard House Children’s Hospice
The RNOH Charity
Rona Trust, The
Roundhouse Trust, The
Royal Academy of Music
Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Trust
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity
Royal Marsden Cancer Campaign, The
Royal School for the Deaf and Communication Disorders
The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust
The Savitri Waney Charitable Trust
Second Chance Charity, The
Seva Mandir, The Friends of
Seva Mandir, Udaipur
Sick Children’s Trust
Sick Kids Friends Foundation, The
Side by Side
SIH Equine Therapy
Skeet Hill House Management Trust
Small Steps, School For Parents, Greenmead
Special Yoga Ltd
Speech, Language and Hearing Centre, The
Sports Traider Charity
St Anne’s Special School Fund
St John’s RC School
Starlight Children’s Foundation
Strongbones Children’s Charitable Trust
Stubbers Adventure Centre
Swiss Cottage School
Talk 2 Open Hearts
Teenage Cancer Trust
Tel Aviv Yafo Foundation
Tommy’s The Baby Charity
Tongwynlais Primary School
Tree House Trust
University College Hospital Cancer Fund
Walker Street Child Contact Centre
Westminster Childrens Society
World Jewish Relief
Yesodey Hatorah Primary Girls School
Young Actors Theatre
Youth Sport Trust
The Presidents Club Charitable Trust would like to thank everyone who has continued to support our efforts over the last 12 months in what has been extremely trying circumstances to continue to raise money for this charity’s causes.
Twelve months ago the Financial Times ran a story alleging that female staff had been harassed at our annual fundraising dinner last January. These allegations were investigated, remain unproven, and nobody has come forward to support that report despite public statements and Regulators widely publicising the request for people to do so.
The PCCT made a statement after the results of the investigations carried out which is listed below.
Recent statements from the Trustees:
“We, as Trustees of the Presidents Club Charitable Trust (PCCT) have read and carefully noted the findings of the Charity Commission’s case report on the regulatory compliance case opened immediately following publication by the Financial Times of what purported to be a description of behaviour of some individuals at the 2018 PCCT dinner.
The Trustees recognise the findings set out in Charity Commission’s report and intend to comply fully with the regulatory action plan contained in the report.
Given the media frenzy this report unleashed, and the climate to which it added, we welcomed the Charity Commission involvement and co-operated immediately, fully and transparently with the Commission.
At a very early stage the Charity Commission, entirely properly, made a public appeal encouraging anyone who would like to share relevant information about the PCCT and the charity’s fundraising event on 18 January to come forward. If appropriate they were urged to contact the police. Simultaneously, the PCCT made an identical public appeal.
Despite the widespread publicity given to these appeals across the entire media spectrum, the trustees understand that the Charity Commission did not receive any responses to their call for evidence and no complaints of any harassment have been received by the PCCT from either guests or members of event staff at the dinner. PCCT has not seen any evidence, beyond the allegations made by the FT, to suggest any wrongdoing. Nor has a single complaint been made to the police.
Naturally, we were pleased that decisions publicised as being taken while the media furore was at its height by Great Ormond Street Children’s Hospital and the Evelina London Children’s Hospital to return donations to the PCCT were reversed within weeks. The decisions not to return previous donations were plainly to the benefit of many sick children.
We note that, despite the frenzy created by the FT articles, not a single charity has returned any money to the charity’s bank account and no charity has refused any money from the PCCT. During the 33 years of the PCCT’s existence, approximately 200 charities benefited from donations: of those seven suggested that they may return money. None has done so.
Throughout its existence the PCCT held its annual men only dinner, raising a total of over £18 million for charity. The PCCT, its Trustees and its aims have always previously been viewed as above reproach. Our sole aim was only ever to raise money for charity. We believe it is regrettable that this was not acknowledged more in the Charity Commission report.
We, as Trustees, have never and would never condone the sort of alleged behaviour described in the FT article.
Regrettably, given the perceptions created by the FT’s report and the prevailing climate which it and other articles have created, we felt we had little realistic option but to wind up the Charity. This means that a lifeline of millions of pounds of charitable help to disadvantaged and under-privileged children and to children’s charities has been permanently severed.
Plainly, this is a matter of the deepest regret to us as Trustees as is any upset to any other charity. It was only ever our intention to continue to raise money for this sector.
We understand both the role played in our democracy by a free media and the commercial needs of the Press. However, there may be a time to question whether the current media climate around certain aspects of charity fund raising and work operate far more to the detriment of charitable beneficiaries than in the interest of exposing any wrongdoing. All of the Trustees gave their time for nothing and contributed personally and financially to the success of the Trust.
Certainly this unfortunate media hyperbola is likely to prove a deterrent to many well-intentioned individuals considering devoting time and money to charitable causes.”
Call For Evidence
“The Presidents Club recently hosted its annual dinner, raising several million pounds for disadvantaged and underprivileged children and children’s charities. The organisers of the President’s Club annual dinner are extremely concerned by the allegations about bad behaviour at the event which have been made by reporters from the Financial Times. Behaviour of the type which has been reported would be totally unacceptable. Any member of Event Staff who attended the dinner, and who wishes to raise any concern about conduct at the event may do so by emailing the Charity at firstname.lastname@example.org. Any complaints made to the Charity will be full and promptly investigated by an independent assessor, and appropriate action will be taken.”
The above call for evidence has not resulted in any members of staff coming forward as was the case with the Commissions own calls.
The Trust would like to thank its Co-Chairman’s, David Meller and Bruce Ritchie and its board members along with its committees during a difficult year. The Charity Commission and the Fundraising Regulator have tasked the Trustees to collect in the monies raised from last year’s event. These efforts will lead to large sums of money being able to be distributed in line with the charity’s aims and we thank all donors and pledge guests for their philanthropic generosity towards this cause.
Below is the statement issued by the Trustees after the decision was taken in the height of the publicity of last year.
“The Trustees have decided that The Presidents Club will not host any further fundraising events as a result of the Financial Times story. Remaining funds will be distributed in an efficient manner to the children’s charities and it will then be closed.”
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