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An Evening on China event

The Guild's Evening on China event held at Highgate School on the 2nd of November 2011 was a huge success. The event was attended by 65 people including 9 residents from the Guild. There was a real buzz to the evening and everybody had a very enjoyable time.

Our two excellent speakers were Dr. Frances Wood, Head of the Chinese Department, British Library and Colin Sheaf, Chairman, UK and Asia, Bonhams who provided their time free of charge. Dr Wood discussed "Did Marco Polo go to China?" and Colin Sheaf's talk was on "The Collector's Eye: World tastes in Chinese Ceramics".

Elizabeth Wright, the Guild's Chair said the speakers "were both enormously erudite and extremely entertaining. What more could one ask?".

To date the event has raised £8,374 which we are thrilled about. These funds will go towards the Guild's Benefit Fund. Our current target is £1,000,000 and we have some way to go to meet this - we think we will need to increase this target also. A very big thank you to everybody who helped make this event happen. You support will make a huge difference to an older person who does not have the financial means to decide their future.

From left: Dr Frances Wood, Elizabeth Wright and Colin Sheaf

How you can help us

As a charity Mary Feilding Guild wishes to continue the tradition of providing a home for those who otherwise would be disadvantaged, not only because of their age but also because of financial hardship and isolation.

In the 1980's up to one quarter of residents was in receipt of government funding. The Guild has attempted to fill the gap left by the removal in 1993 of automatic funding, but our ability to do so is limited. Our existing investment income allows us to support only a very small number of residents, compared with the numbers who were government supported in the past.

The great benefit of the Guild is the freedom and encouragement it gives our residents to continue an interesting and active life into old age both in the Guild and in the wider community. Many people who have had rewarding and responsible working lives before retirement face a constrained and difficult old age. Artists, musicians, nurses, social workers and teachers are among those who in the past would have come to the Guild but may now be unable to afford the full fees.

Mary Feilding Guild has set up the Mary Feilding Benefit Fund to provide a focus for our charitable support for residents. The annual living cost at the Guild is over £30,000 per year and our initial aim is to raise £1m, the income from which will enable us to fully or partially fund more residents who would benefit from making their home with us. Your support will make a huge difference to someone facing a bleak old age.

All donations will go into the Fund which will be used directly to provide financial support to residents.