GRAIL TRUST UK- supporting disadvantaged children in South India since 1995

Patrons: The Bishop of Bangor (Rt Revd Andrew John) and Mr Rupert Penry-Jones

Trustees: Revd Neil Fairlamb (Chair), Mr Jerry Hughes, Mr Michael Jordan (Treasurer)

Message from the Chair

Greetings to all our supporters

We are very pleased to announce our new website  www.grailtrust.org  For those with internet access, we hope you will find this an even better way than before of keeping up to date with our news. Our website designer, Christine Lee,  (chrisalee75@gmail.com) has worked hard to present everything in a fresh and user-friendly way. Excellent colour images and facilities like a video presentation of individual children  you can click on to view. Their profiles will tell you so much about what we do and the individuals we are benefitting, a round number of 100 boys and girls, the girls now in a slight majority.  This in itself is a small but significant change; when we began in 1995 it was with boys only as such was the prevailing cultural assumption of who would benefit most. Our girls, however, have succeeded just as well and in a very traditional culture have now come forward to take their rightful place in  all the professions.

The website can be kept fresh with new content but in particular one new feature we emphasise. There is a Direct Giving facility you can use to make online donations on which we can also claim Gift Aid where appropriate. This makes for much more efficient giving. We still encourage standing orders, of course, which help us plan what we can afford and, of course, we welcome payments by cheque. All financial information can be clarified by our treasurer, Michael Jordan, Nevern, The warren, Mayfield, East Sussex, TN20 6UB  or email him on marilynjordan@btinternet.com

Since our last letter to you one of our most faithful trustees, and Chairman for several years, Dr Max Gibbs has stepped down as a trustee but continues to support us. We are very grateful to Max for his wise counsel and commitment over many years; he came out with me on the last visit to the project in November 2017. There are now three trustees- Michael and myself and Jerry Hughes- though by our trust deed we need a minimum of four. Should anyone feel able to consider joining us as a trustee I would be happy to share more information on the role. We have been meeting in Shrewsbury in recent years as a convenient point but this can be flexible and with phone conferencing and regular email contact it is not always essential to meet in person.

We do, however, by our constitution have to hold an AGM and this is formally announced to be on Wednesday,1st August, at London House, Town Walls, Shrewsbury, SY1 1TX at 1030. This meeting is to receive our accounts (copies on request) and to elect officials.

Please do feel free to contact me at any time about the trust`s work either through the website contact page or via the ways below. I will be visiting the project again in November 2018 to meet with our Indian partners and meet again the children  on our project.

Thank you for your interest and support.

Neil Fairlamb

The Rectory, 5 Tros-yr-afon, Beaumaris, Anglesey, LL58 8BN

07935 368094   fairlamb49@gmail.com