Financial income and acknowledgements
The Hosking Houses Trust was registered as a charity in 1995, found its premises in 1998, fund raising started in 1999 and the first resident arrived in 2002. We had initially no financial backing at all and the most memorable comment was-
Fund raising to support clever women? An impossible task, it would be easier to raise the dead.
We ignored this and allocated five pounds to buy stamps, starting a systematic programme of applications to charitable trusts, individuals and organisations that continues to this day. After about three thousand applications, letters and appeals being made and twenty-one years later, these are the results. Each successful request conceals about twenty made that were unsuccessful. Some grants were restricted for specific purposes but most were for general revenue needs.
|Arts Council West Midlands||2012||£15,000 Lottery funded revenue|
|ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND||2017||£37,000 small capital grants to build the studio|
|2020||£14,000 Management Consultancy|
|All Souls’ College, Oxford||2014||£500|
|Anson Trust Charitable Trust||2013||£3,000 Round the Square publication|
|£2,000 annually forthwith:|
|Ashley Family Foundation||2011||£10,000|
|ALCS authors’ Licensing and Copyright Society||2015||£2,500|
|Aurelius Charitable Trust||2016||£450|
|Misses Barrie Trust||2018||£2,500|
|Charlotte Bonham-Carter Trust||2015||£500|
|William A Cadbury Trust||2009||£5,000|
|Coutts Bank Charity||2013||£300|
|Marc Fitch Fund||2011||£1,000 Round the Square publication|
|Sport and the Arts||2003||£5,000|
|allocated £50,000 (£10,000pa restricted for bursaries each year for five years)|
|Paul Getty Jnr Foundation||2012||£3,000|
|J A Gillett Charitable Trust||2015||£400|
|Allen Lane Foundation||2009||£1,000|
|Lloyds TSB Foundation||2006||£2,000|
|Persephone Press||2009||£100 (plus fees for HHT reproduction rights)|
|The Mill Garden Trust, Warwick||2016||£300|
|Rigby Foundation (local)||2009||£2,000|
|CA Rooke Foundation (local)||sponsored Christmas card three times|
|JC Seccombe Charitable Trust||2019||£200|
|Split Infinitive Trust||2006||£500|
|Sue Thompson Trust||2011||£1,000|
|Stratford Town Trust||2016||£300|
|29th May 1961 charity||2018||£3,000|
|Waitrose Ltd. (Stratford branch)||2016||£260|
|Evelyn Williams Trust||2001||£500|
Appeals to individuals
We compiled a database of approximately five hundred individuals of creativity, interest or wealth and wrote to them requesting support between 1999 and 2010. This was before recent restrictions on making personal appeals were introduced and about £16,000 was raised, on which we claimed back Gift Aid. Those who agreed to have their names made public include-
Joan Bakewell, Mary Jane Baxter, Susan Blackmore, Carmen Calill, Louise Campbell, Sheila Cassidy, Wendy Cope, Romola Christopherson, Felix Dennis, Margaret Drabble, Kathleen Duncan, Helen Dunmore, Fiona Ellis, Tracey Emin, U.A.Fanthorpe and Rosie Bailey, Helen Fielding, Katie Fforde, Maggie Gee, Victoria Glendinning, Jane Glover, Valerie Grove, Christopher Hampton, Sheila Hancock, Christina Hardyment, Seamus Heaney, Susan Hill, Michael Holroyd, Nick Hornby, Howard Jacobson, A.L.Kennedy, Ian and Anita Lancaster, Pru Leith, David Lodge, Joanna Lumley, Sue MacGregor, Norma Major, Miriam Margoloyes, Victor Margrie, Val McDermid, Kate McLuskie, Jan Mein, Jane Miller, Deborah Moggarch, Deborah Orr, Gillian Plain, Phillippa Pearce, Harold Pinter, Claire Rayner, Gillian Reynolds, Prunella Scales, Alan and Lisa Spanos, Elizabeth Speller, Barrie and Millicent Stead, Posy Simmonds, Janet Suzman, Alan Titchmarsh, Emma Thompson, Claire Tomalin, Harriet Walter, Marina Warner, Neale Watson, Stanley Wells, Ann Widdicombe.
Past and current partnerships/collaborators for financial and operative support include-
Coventry University, Mercury Musical Developments, Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, Royal Shakespeare Company, Writers West Midlands, Canterbury Press, Sasolo Arts Development.
We have received other forms of help over the years, including repeated sponsorship of our annual Christmas card and other printing costs from Fred Winter Ltd., Fishy Business, Arden Veterinary Stratford Group and Virago Press: a year’s free cleaning from Stratford Merry Maids: furniture and photography from Harrison Antiques: use of premises from the Stratford Guild Chapel: Clifford Chambers village hall and St Helen’s Church: loans from Warwick Playbox Theatre: Warwickshire County Council for a computer and laptop: John Miller ‘Chair to Air’ aerial photography, concert collaboration from King’s High School for Girls, Warwick.
If we have forgotten anyone for benefits past received and left them out, we are sorry.
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We acknowledge The Foundation for Sport and the Arts as our primary capital sponsor