Words from the Chair
Since our return from our visit last year, we have welcomed a new trustee Jane Gay who will focus on staff support and work with Pete Turner in exploring funding opportunities.
In 2018 we have held two trustee meetings which focussed on the finances of the Centre, the launch of the Bendon Bursary and a review of the November / December actions arising from our 2017 visit and the setting of priorities for 2018.
Since January 2018, Beverly has provided regular finance support to the Centre manager, TJ, in checking monthly budgets, improving monthly budget forecasts and identifying possible shortages. We are all very conscious of the need to raise additional funding so that TCHC establishes a sustainable financial model. Currently, TCHC charity contributes 14% of the Centre’s annual budget as well as providing some medicines and supplies.
The trustees agreed to ring fence money from June 2018 for the Bendon Bursary and we were all impressed with the detailed application of Chernor Jallow. He received money in July 2018 to support his second year of study at the University of The Gambia which started in September 2018. We hope to include regular updates on the website on how things are progressing. In the meantime, Chernor will continue his hard work at the Centre alongside his studies.
Trustees were also conscious that it would be helpful to extend the contribution of individuals with expertise in clinical matters as the current trustees’ experience lies in other areas. Consequently, we have invited Clare Westwood to visit TCHC in November. Clare is a qualified Senior Nurse and will conduct an independent, professional review of the clinical practice and will provide support to Centre staff.
Once again, a big thank you to all those who have donated money or donations in kind over the past year and a particular thank you AGAIN to the parishioners of St John the Baptist Church in Ilford, Essex.