THE DUKE OF CAMBRIDGE TO ATTEND A METROPOLITAN AND CITY POLICE ORPHANS FUND RECEPTION
Wednesday 27th September, 2017
The Duke of Cambridge, Patron of the Metropolitan and City Police Orphans Fund, will attend a reception at Guildhall, London on Wednesday 27th September. The Duke will present a series of awards and scholarships on behalf of the charity, at a ceremony attended by beneficiaries and their families. Afterwards, His Royal Highness will meet children, young people, and family members, who have been supported by the charity over a number of years.
Believed to be the oldest police charity in the world, the Orphans fund began in 1870 initially as an orphanage. In 1937 the orphanage closed and the charity became the present fund which has supported more than 15,000 children. The charity supports the children of serving and former officers of the Metropolitan Police and the City of London Police who subscribed to the Fund whilst serving, and who are either deceased, retired on pension, or are unable to contribute materially to the family upkeep.
Through the Fund, families receive financial assistance and education grants to help towards school trips, extracurricular lessons and university costs. Families also receive some money to help pay for summer holidays and Christmas. When young people finish full time education they receive a clothing grant to assist with the costs of suitable clothing for job interviews – this replaced the tradition of each child receiving a trunk of clothes when they left the orphanage. In 2016, the charity gave over £1,000,000 to families. The Duke of Cambridge became Patron in January 2017.
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