One of the most challenging aspects of St John’s Hospital Bath is that it is often perceived as a wealthy charity with plenty of disposable income. Whilst it is true to say St John’s has an impressive portfolio of endowment properties, generating enough income for the organisation to fund its charitable activities, it is not enough to enable it to modernise its aging Almshouses, since any sale proceeds from the disposal of these assets cannot be used to fund the modernisation work.
So for the first time in its history, St John’s has launched a development appeal - the 1174 Appeal - appropriately named after the year in which Bishop Reginald Fitzjocelyn founded the original medieval almshouse, on the same site that the modern charity stands today. Staff, Trustees and an Appeal Board of volunteers - the 1174 Group - have willingly taken on the extra administrative work required to raise funds for the modernisation of the city centre almshouses, from individual donors, companies and various trusts and foundations, thus enabling every penny donated to be spent directly on the project.
The organisations that are supporting St John's at present are listed below:
Joyce Fletcher Charitable Trust
Verdon-Smith Family Settlement
W G Edwards Charitable Trust
Lord Barnby's Foundation
Dunhill Medical Trust
Constance Travis Charitable Trust
CHK Charities Ltd
Archbishop of Canterbury's Foundation
Yorkshire Building Society
If you are interested in finding out how to become a supporter of this historic and dynamic Charity, please contact the Chief Executive on 01225 486416 or the Appeal Director on 01225 486433.