THE BENEVOLENT Fund will be able to help even more members than usual next year, after receiving a bequest of almost £500,000. This is greater than the sum of all bequests over the last ten years.
This extremely generous donation came from the late William Cartwright, who died in Buckinghamshire earlier this year having spent most of his life working on water supply projects around the world.
Cartwright became a member of the ICE in 1960, and a fellow in 1963. He contributed to the fund for over 30 years. One of his biggest projects was the construction of the Klang Gates Dam supplying Kuala Lumpar.
Cartwright's donation provides a major boost to the fund, which last year spent £330,000 helping almost 250 people.
Assistance is provided to members and their families in both the UK and overseas, both as regular grants and one-off payments.
Last year one-off payments ranged from providing a terminally ill sports enthusiast with a specially adapted wheelchair, to helping a elderly couple in South Africa pay for a new water boiler.
With all grants the sole aim is to 'improve the quality of life' of members, said the fund's Linda McCarthy. She sees the fund as 'friends helping each other', and urges any member who needs assistance to not be backward in coming forward.
'It is money that has been given by members to help other members, so don't be afraid to ask, ' she said.
The Benevolent Fund is inviting the nomination of members to serve on the 2001 management committee. Two places are available to voting members who have donated at least £3 in the previous year. Nominations must be received by 31 December and the elections will be held in June.