First founded as a Post Office charity in 1853 the Fund now serves past and present BT people, and their dependents, who are suffering financial hardship.

Assistance is provided in a wide variety of ways. Grants are often made to relieve the pressure of priority debt arrears, particularly where there is a risk of eviction when small children are involved. With elderly beneficiaries the lack of any savings may mean that basic household appliances cannot be repaired or replaced so the Fund steps in to make sure these are provided. Illness and disablement can require expensive changes to a person’s home, such as stair lifts, walk-in showers and provision for wheelchair access. Grants are provided to address these needs and help improve quality of life. Other examples of help given are holidays associated with convalescence or to give a carer a break.