The Retreat York Benevolent Fund was established in 1919 and its primary purpose is to assist members of The Religious Society of Friends, and those "closely connected with Friends", to meet the cost of treatment at The Retreat or elsewhere where they are unable to meet the full fees payable because they are in "straightened circumstances". The intention in setting up the Fund was "to lessen in many Friends’ families the burden which mental affliction inevitably brings." Grants can be made for healthcare provided by other healthcare organisations including physical healthcare. Funds can also be used to support projects which relate directly to Quaker initiatives promoting good mental health practice.
The funds held by the Benevolent Fund (which is a separate registered charity) are entirely separate from The Retreat’s finances. The Trustees of the Fund are keen to receive applications for assistance from those who qualify.
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Contact Peter Edley, Acting Director of Finance (Secretary for the Fund) at The Retreat 01904 412551 (ext 2211)