The Chair’s Blog

All the latest news.

  • Sheriff’s Bike Ride

    On September 12 – 14, current President of the Fund, Alderman Sheriff Bronek Masojada, will be leading a 3-day 195-mile charity cycle ride from the Old Bailey to the National Justice Museum in Nottingham in aid of the Fund. To support Bronek and the “Sheriff’s Posse”, comprising Livery Masters, friends and family, please go to…

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  • Visit to HMP Pentonville

    Today I attended the official opening by His Majesty’s Chief Inspector of Prisons Charlie Taylor of the XO Bikes Training Workshop at HMP Pentonville. XO Bikes hires and trains prison leavers to refurbish donated bikes with all profits going towards training more mechanics, with 30 – 40 prisoners a year expected to attend the workshops…

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    I am delighted to welcome Jonathan Bewes as a new trustee of the Fund and Hannah Constantinidi, Elspeth Hugher-Penney and Gary Langley who have joined the Advisory Council.

  • Duke of Edinburgh Cup

    The Fund was the nominated charity for the Duke of Edinburgh Cup held on 28 June 2024. Thank you to the Worshipful Company of Pewterers for proposing the Fund and to Ms. Emily Thomas, the Governor of HMP Isis, who was the guest speaker at the event. Proceeds from the event will be used to…

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  • Record high grant expenditure

    In our most recent financial year we saw a huge increase in the number of grant applications to the Fund and I am pleased to report that we funded 100% of eligible applications, making 1,219 grants with an all-time high total expenditure of £235,000.

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  • Old Bailey Silk Scarves

    These beautiful pure silk scarves are now available from the S&R Fund gift shop.  The scarves, designed by the artist Matthew Lucraft, depict images of the Old Bailey, an iconic City of London landmark and the most famous courthouse in the world. All profits from the sale of these scarves will go to the S&R Fund.…

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  • Old Bailey Carol Service

    An audience of nearly 200 guests was treated again by the Old Bailey Choir to a candlelit festival of lessons and carols in the Grand Hall at the Old Bailey for the benefit of the S&R Fund. All the proceeds from a generous leaving collection and the sale of our gifts will enable the Fund…

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  • Duke of Edinburgh Cup

    The Recorder of London, HHJ Mark Lucraft KC, hosted a reception at the Old Bailey for the presentation of a cheque to the S&R Fund.  The funds had been raised at the Duke of Edinburgh Golf Day held at The London Golf Club in July 2023.  The Worshipful Company of Pewterers proposed the S&R Fund…

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  • National Prison Radio visit

    We had a very successful and informative visit to HMP Brixton to see and experience the excellent work that National Prison Radio, which is based here, is doing. The Fund gave a grant in 2023 to enable the Prison Radio Association to work with men to create new radio content. Prisoners visit the studios daily over…

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  • HMP Downview visit

    A group of Trustees and Advisory Council members spent an interesting morning at HMP Downview in the workshop of Making for Change (MFC), London College of Fashion’s social project. The MFC programme supports women prisoners to develop new skills, to build pride through the creative process, improve time management and build confidence through teamwork –…

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