Not many people realise that besides helping hauliers in membership, the Road Haulage Association also has a charity. The RHA Benevolent Fund was set up to help people who have fallen on hard times and need some financial assistance to make ends meet or to improve their quality of life. When applying for assistance, the main criteria of the fund is that the applicant has worked for a member or an ex-member of the RHA or that they are a dependant of someone who worked for a member or ex member. It is not just for drivers but any member of staff.
Over the last few years we have found that many people don’t even know that the fund exists. However we hope, through this article, to help raise the profile of the Benevolent Fund as more outside bodies apply for assistance than actual members helping employees or ex-employees.
Over many years we have helped people with medical related issues, carpets, school uniforms, electric powered vehicles, funeral expenses, council tax, utility bill arrears, home repairs and many other things.
We have helped a young lady who took part in last year’s London Paralympics. She attained a Bronze Medal for all her hard work. We have also helped a driver who in his mid-twenties was paralysed in a road accident. We helped adapt a van so he could work as a delivery driver.
In the last few weeks the fund has made its biggest award yet to help an ex haulier who has suffered a massive brain stem stroke; leaving him unable to use his legs, along with other major life changing conditions. We have funded widening doors, a hoist and other alterations at his home to make life easier for him and his family.
There are many more instances where this financial assistance has already made a difference and there will be many more to come. The fund depends almost entirely for its ability to show benevolence on generous financial support from members. Every year many donate when they renew their membership and in a number of instances, a more substantial donation is gratefully received. Over the years this has amounted to many hundreds of thousands of pounds!
Other ways to help are from employees through a payroll giving scheme and from the “Centurions Scheme.” Each “centurion” pays £100 membership a year and every month a draw takes place with a 1st Prize of £125, 2nd Prize of £75 and a 3rd Prize of £50. Every June the top prize is £500!
If anyone is interested and wants details of any of the above ways to donate to the RHA Benevolent Fund then please feel free to contact us at the office at Ingliston. You never know who will need help in the future.
If you know of someone who may benefit from some help, send an e mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or write for an application form to Road Haulage Association Benevolent Fund, Roadway House, The Rural Centre, Ingliston, Newbridge, EH28 8NZ.
We would be delighted to hear from you.