The Drapers Fund is
dedicated to providing charitable assistance to young people up to
the age of 17 year in Glasgow. The grants are usually submitted by
social work departments or organisations such as Shelter for basic
requirements such as winter clothing, beds and bedding, cots and
white goods, often to children of families in crisis and to
children in kinship relationships.
The manager reported that at the end of
October 2014 the Capital Account of the Drapers Fund stood at
£3,169,000 a rise of £218,075 on the previous year, placing the
fund in a very healthy position.
I am pleased to report that the fund has
received some welcome donations from the following incorporations;
Skinners £2543, Weavers £2,500, Cordiners £3,500, Maltmen £500,
Wrights £500, Fleshers £200, Anne Mulgrew £100, the Trades House
Burns supper of £1,135 and the Probus Club of Scotland of
To date 167 applications have been
considered a slight decline on last years 212 applications. £34,140
has been awarded, averaging at £240 per application. Though these
individual sums have not been large, feedback form applicants
suggest the Fund is providing much needed help when it is often
I am pleased that
the House agreed last month to agree to my suggestion to changes in
the running of the fund so that the Manager will serve an
apprenticeship of two years on the committee before taking on the
role. I believe this will help enhance and develop the workings of
I would like to thank my committee
members, ex- DC lady Alison Kelly Ex-Deacon Ford MacFarlane who
stands down this year after three years on the committee and
ex-Deacon Iain Smith., who takes on the role as Manager this month.
I also wish to thank our Clerk John Gilchrist for helping steer the
fund in the right directions and in particular our excellent
administrator, Emma McFadyen who has been an great asset to me this
It has been an honour and a privilege to
have served as manager and I would like to thank late Deacon
Convenor Hamish Brodie for appointing me to the post. I wish Iain
Smith success for his incoming year.
Drapers' Fund Manager 2013/14
Any contributions to The Drapers'
Fund would be gratefully received. Please contact the Trades House
office or via firstname.lastname@example.org