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TRUSTEE RECRUITMENT

ONE of Burton’s oldest and most important charities is looking to recruit a volunteer trustee with specialist knowledge in the nursing or care sector.

The Consolidated Charity of Burton is an endowed charity which aims to benefit the residents of Burton by providing almshouse accommodation and by making charitable grants to individuals in need and to organisations which serve the community.

The charity regularly hands out tens of thousands of pounds in grants to key organisations as well as responding to individuals in need and supporting young people with education bursaries.

It has given grants to churches, village halls, sports clubs, theatre groups and many more organisations in the town as well as providing white goods, carpets and other essentials for individuals and families who have fallen on hard times.

The charity’s Chairman Ben Robinson said: “We provide a vital lifeline to the people of Burton and are here to support residents and organisations when they need it the most.

“The charity has a long and proud history and is run by a group of trustees who give up their time and expertise to lend a helping hand.

“We are now looking to recruit a new trustee who has worked in either nursing or the care sector and can bring some useful experience to our group.

“It’s an unpaid role but is very rewarding and anyone who is interested can get in touch with the clerk’s office for more information.”

It is thought that the Consolidated charity dates back to the 16th century to the time of the dissolution of Burton Abbey and the craft guilds. However, the first recorded reference appeared in 1709 when there was an inquiry into the condition and administration of the Town Lands charities which were later to be amalgamated into the Consolidated Charity.

Many of the leading figures in Burton history have supported the charity.

Amongst the early benefactors were William Finney, Abbot Beyne School, Lady Paulet, Ellen Parker, Richard Allsopp, Francis Astle, Richard Bowle, Mrs Almond, Mr Robinson, and Elizabeth (Beth) Johnson. Over the centuries the charity has gradually accumulated a number of town properties, workhouses, almshouses and financial bequests from a wide variety of sources.

Go to www.consolidatedcharityburton.org.uk

Call the clerk’s office on 01283 527067.