The aim of the CGA Charitable Foundation is to make relatively modest but specific financial grants to carefully selected worthwhile causes throughout the country, causes which have been put forward by our members and which tend to be of a small and 'local nature'

In April 2014, for example, we presented a cheque for £1,149 to Willow Wood Hospice in Ashton-under-Lyne, which provides end of life care for those with life-threatening illnesses, often helping people who have spent months, if not years, in and out of hospital.

The donation covered the cost of a new sofa and arm chairs in the new bereavement lounge, an area where families who have recently lost a loved one, and who are coping with the initial stages of bereavement, can have time together with their thoughts and a place where they can share their grief in private.

Previously, the Foundation had given £500 worth of angling equipment to a fishing project for disadvantaged children, with a similar sum helping with the ongoing maintenance of an historic World War II torpedo boat while a donation of £1,500 went towards the construction of a community cricket ground with specific plans to involve schoolchildren.

The foundation owes is origins to the remarkable generosity of CGA members following the outbreak of Foot and Mouth disease in 2001 which left many farmers and country folk in distress. Within two weeks of the appeal being made to help those in need, CGA members had donated more than £45,000 for the cause.

The fund is dependent on special fund raising events and the ongoing generosity of CGA members.

And if you would like to arrange a regular contribution to the CGA Charitable Foundation or to make a one-off gift, please call us on: 01985 850706 or email enquiries@thecga.co.uk