For the second consecutive year, Colin Hillary, Chairman of the ICE Benevolent Fund began proceedings for the Annual General Meeting online. With more than 50 Ben Fund members present, Rachel Skinner observed that although it was a shame we couldn’t meet in person, the silver lining is that we can bring together a bigger group of people.
Rachel began by highlighting the impressive work that she has seen the Ben Fund doing over a number of years to support members who find themselves in difficult and unexpected circumstances.
Rachel recalls ‘I remember finding out about the Ben Fund when I first joined the ICE and learning more over the years as I went through chartership and fellowship... To see the quiet work done by such a dedicated group over such a long time is so impressive. It really does shine out as a great example of ‘the right thing to do’.
She continued 'We do have the ability to make real changes to people’s quality of life through all of you and indeed, many others beyond, which is brilliant. We mustn’t forget the importance of all our interactions with members when they do find themselves in need. Those moments do really matter. The moment when people go out of their way to give up their time, to think about ‘what could I do to help this person?’, and then to offer some tangible support is absolutely crucial’.