The Council of Church
Society acts as Trustee for the Birchington Convalescent Benefit
Fund. This fund is used to help 'poor children' to have
a 'change of air' whilst they are recovering from illness or
suffering from a long-term illness. In practice the Trustees
give modest grants to help children and their families to take
a holiday where they might otherwise not be able to afford to
do so. Grants are rarely given for expensive or overseas
Grants are made to
those under the age of 18 living in the UK and in order to ensure
that applications are genuine the Council requires that they
are supported by a recognised person or body, such as social
services, a doctor or charity.
payments are made in February, April and June.
a grant also receive a complimentary childrens bible.
All applicants must
complete the Application
Form and send it to the Church
This is a Permanent
The fund was formed
following the sale of the Church Sisters home in Birchington
The Church Sisters
held firmly to the reformed protestant basis of the C of E.
shall apply the clear yearly income of the Charity in making
grants to enable poor children and in default of poor children
other poor persons to obtain convalescent treatment or change
of air of which in either case they are in need after illness:
Provided that income of the Charity shall not be applied in relief
of rates, taxes or other public funds.
The most recent document
is a Charity
Commission Scheme sealed 17 June 1952
The Society also has
some records relating th the Church Sisters Home.