The Guild of Freemen of the City of London's Charity

(formerly The Guild of Freemen Benevolent Fund)

True to the Guild founders' early objectives, we maintain and administer a charity which was established to assist our members and their families and to support charitable work and activities which are related to the City and its surrounds. We also provide substantial support to schools associated with the City; and pupils of the City of London Freemen's School, Christ's Hospital and other City schools benefit regularly from educational grants and prizes.

In addition, every year the Guild supports other fund-raising organisations with which we share a common purpose. Here is a list of the donations made in recent years as well as the results of the Centenary Appeal.

If you wish to support the Guild's charity there are several ways to make a donation.
We are happy to receive single or regular donations to the Guild’s Charity. 

Donations to the Guild's Charity qualify for Gift Aid (currently an addition of 25% tax releif) and this can be claimed on your donations simply by completing and returning a Gift Aid Declaration

Ways to Donate


Credit or Debit Card

  • You can donate online by clicking the link below. If you are a taxpayer you can gift aid your donation. 
  • You can make one off or regular donations

Make a donation using Virgin Money Giving


Bank Transfer

Cheque or CAF Voucher

  • Sent to the Guild Office at Rooms 78/79, 65 London Wall, London  EC2M 5TU

Legacy Giving

  • Please also consider leaving a legacy in your will to the Guild of Freemen’s Charity.

This fund was started just before the 1914-18 war and the income was used to assist current and former Guild members and their families. Numerous grants and awards are now also made to individuals, schools, hospitals and other Trusts and Charities.

[Charity Registration No. 227063]. You can read the Constitution document here.

Former Guild Charities

Until recently the Guild maintained three other registered charities and a Bequest Fund that was incorporated into one of them. However, after seeking advice from the Charity Commission, these charities were amalgamated within the Benevolent Fund at the end of 2004 and are no longer registered as separate charities. Details are shown here as a matter of historical record and background information.

Ronald Ward Bequest Fund

This fund was set up in 1974 with a bequest from the late Ronald Ward, who had been Master in 1963.

Income from the fund normally provided travel grants to students at City schools. This fund was managed under the Benevolent Fund.

[Former Charity Registration No. 227063-1].

Christ's Hospital Presentation Fund

This Fund was launched in 1920 by an appeal from the Master of that year, Edward Wilshaw, to provide children with education at the boys' or girls' schools in Horsham.

The Fund supported the Guild's presentees and provided travel grants to students at the school.

[Former Charity Registration No. 810372].

Francis Sully Educational and Charity Fund

The charity was set up as a memorial to Francis Sully who was member of the Guild for 40 years and editor of the Guild's magazine The Freeman from 1922 to 1946. He was Master of the Guild in 1921, had wide ranging interests and was also an active member in many other City organisations.

The income was used for educational grants.

[Former Charity Registration No. 313155].

Dunfee Hogg Bequest Fund

This fund was set up with a bequest from Vickers Dunfee, Master in 1926, and augmented by a gift from Dr Philip Hogg in memory of his year as Master in 1980. The income was used for prizes at the City of London School.

This fund was incorporated in the Francis Sully Educational and Charity Fund.

Our Members


Annual Banquet at Guildhall

"A veritable tour de force; stunning atmosphere, seriously impressive food and a funny judge..what’s not to like!
Well done everyone" - Mrs J.D.

"A triumph" - Mr A.W."

"..a brilliant evening at Guildhall last night. The event was spectacular and we, our guests and everyone around us enjoyed it tremendously. A great highlight of a fantastic year" - Mr J.H.

"A magnificent evening was had by all" - Mr K.B.

"It really was the most wonderful and unforgettable evening " - Mrs K.J.

"It was a great privilege to be present of Friday evening on such a splendid occasion.  What a truly stunning and memorable evening. The organisation, the pageantry and the attention to detail was remarkable. A and I enjoyed it all enormously" - C H.C.

Master's Final Dinner at Fishmongers' Hall
"Just a line to say how much we enjoyed the dinner last night, super seat thank you! Please convey our thanks to the Master for a wonderful evening, superb food and company and thank him for all his events over the past year, we have had great times.
We now look forward to the next year, different venues and events." - Mr P.B.

Reception and Supper at Grocers' Hall
"My guests and I really really enjoyed the Ceremony and the dinner at Grocers’ Hall last evening, I am still on a high with sheer pleasure, you, everyone there so kind and welcoming". Mrs A R

"It was good to meet you at last and on such an excellent evening in one of the nicest Livery Halls in the City.  Thank you for making it such a special evening for M and me.   It was so well organised and enjoyable.   The food was first class and the company good as well". Mr D B

RNLI Demonstration and Supper at the Little Ship Club
"Thank you SO much for arranging a most enjoyable evening. Once again, I was able to catch up on friends and make new acquantainces - all thanks to you for the excellent place settings.  The weather was kind to us, the food was amazing and everybody around our table was very happy with the service and the meal."  Ms V H

"Following the interesting demonstration Guild Members and their guests retired back inside the Little Ship Club for a stunning two-course supper with some excellent wine and tremendous companionship discussing the RNLI’s great work being achieved on the tidal Thames.​" Mr D K


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