Relief in Need


The Relief in Need charity has its origins in a Fuel Allotment charity set up in 1817, when the owner of Minley Estate donated a large plot of wooded land in Sandy Lane. As the name suggests, the Fuel Allotment charity provided fuel (in the form of logs) to the poor in the local area. 

In 1970 the Fuel Allotment land was sold for around £250,000 and the Hawley Almshouses and Relief in Need Charity was established. Part of the proceeds from the sale were used to build Hawley Garden Cottages, the remainder was invested so that the income could be used to provide grants to people in need within the Parish of Hawley. In 2006 the Trustees expanded the geographic area for potential beneficiaries of Relief in Need, from the Parish of Hawley to people living within Hart District and Rushmoor Borough Councils. 

The following is an extract from the Charity's governing instrument:

"The Trustees shall apply the income of the Relief in Need Branch in relieving either generally, or individually, persons resident in the areas covered by Hart District and Rushmoor Borough Councils who are in conditions of need, hardship or distress by making one-off grants of money or providing or paying for items, services or facilities calculated to reduce the need, hardship or distress of such persons."

Examples of grants made by the Trustees in the last few years include: funding towards school trips for low-income families, one-off help with utility bills, rent deposits, purchase of special equipment for disabled persons, contribution to specialist medical assessments, etc.

If you think you may qualify for a grant, or know someone who may, please contact us, giving a brief summary of the problem and how you think a grant would help. We will then decide if your situation warrants that you qualify. As you will appreciate, the Charity only has a limited amount of funds and therefore the Trustees are not able to help with every request received. 

Decisions relating to grant applications are made at our quarterly Trustee meetings.