The BMCRC Benevolent Fund
For many years the Club has run a Benevolent Fund, it's a Registered Charity (no 213308) and its purpose is to look after the needs of our Members, often fallen riders, but not always. We tend not to publish the payments the Fund might make to riders behind the scenes as the circumstances of those concerned are quite private.
It could be that a rider has had a bad accident whilst at a Club meeting, it could be a Member who was injured elsewhere. They might be self-employed, they might have other circumstances that warrant our assistance.
The Club often gets to hear of the plight of people through a call or a conversation with a friend or acquaintance of the rider concerned. It's rare that we will contact the rider directly, we simply make arrangements to help, often with a cash payment. Sometimes we buy equipment to help people, sometimes the Fund buys equipment to help riders at the track, most commonly medical items.
Throughout the year you will come across events and initiatives that people have put together specifically to raise money for the BMCRC Benevolent Fund. Cash raised is routed through to the Fund's account. People also sometimes raise funds away from the track and arrange for the payments to be forwarded.
These days we have some initiatives that are arranged through the "Just Giving" Website where you can support a specific initiative that aids the Ben Fund or where you can directly donate to the Fund on-line. The benefit here is that the Just Giving people sort out all the admin involved in claiming Gift Aid on donations on our behalf, which adds another 20% plus to the donations.
You can find the Ben Fund part of the Just Giving site here...The Ben Fund at Just Giving.com
Below are the stories from some of our Members and Friends who have specific initiatives to help the Fund...
Help the BMCRC Ben Fund through eBay
If you buy and sell through eBay you can choose to assist the BMCRC Benevolent Fund by selecting it as your "Favorite Charilty" in your eBay Account settings...
When you've logged into eBay, go to My-eBay, then "Account" and select "Donation Account", this will throw you to a page run by MissionFish on behalf of eBay.
Here you can set-up your "Favorite Charity", just type "BMCRC" in Charity Name or Keyword and the Ben Fund will come up.
As a seller, you can choose to donate a small proportion of your sales revenues to us or as a buyer you can choose to donate a small amount each time you buy through eBay.
This part of eBay can also be used to execute one-off donations as well.
It's valuable to us, as all contributions can attract additional funds through gift-aid, as your details are already held by the site and you would give permission for them to be used for that purpose.