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Formed in 1967 to support AWTE members enduring difficult times, personally or professionally

The AWTE Benevolent was formed in 1967 in memory of Gillyan Shebbeare to support AWTE members enduring difficult times, personally or professionally.

Gillyan’s donation helped establish the fund to raise money to support members through life’s ups and downs both personally and professionally. Over 50 years many members have benefited from subsidies and spirit-lifting treats which have helped then through illness and bereavement, job losses and to celebrate happy occasions too.

A dedicated committee of AWTE members, led by the Benevolent Chair Aphrodite Burton, raise funds throughout the year by offering attractive raffle prizes at the AWTE Christmas Lunch and the AWTE Benevolent Lunch and the 100 Club Lucky Numbers draw.

To help us continue supporting members, we need to hear from you! If you have information to pass on about a member who may be in enduring difficult times, personally or professionally please contact us – all communication is in total confidence. We would also be happy to hear from you should you wish to make a financial or prize donation –please contact us.

We are delighted to have been able to help our members over the past 50 years

Thanks & Appreciation

AWTE Benevolent raises funds in order to assist members who have suffered a traumatic event but we also like to celebrate good news!   We have received some lovely words from members who have received support in the past.   All communication is in total confidence.   All names remain confidential for obvious reasons.

“I would like to express my appreciation to AWTE Benevolent with my thanks for your kindness and generosity, especially in buying me a new fridge when I was really struggling to raise my children with very little money.”

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“It is difficult to put into words but I want to say a sincere thanks to AWTE Benevolent for generously paying for my new electric heater. Without this it would be a cold winter ahead.   Congratulations to you all on the success of AWTE Benevolent, barely recognisable to me who knew it in the early days.”

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“I really appreciate that you paid for my transport to the AWTE Benevolent Summer Lunch this year as I am no longer able to travel on public transport. Without your help I would not have been able to attend and meet up with old colleagues and friends.”

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Benevolent Committee Members

Benevolent Committee

Our Benevolent Committee are there in good times and times of hardship

100 Club

The 100 Club Lucky Numbers was set up as a fun way of raising money and helping members in need. It’s easy to get involved – you simply purchase unique numbers at just £10 each.

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