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#DM16: Support for the union's charity work

16 April 2016

Chris Wheal

Branches and delegates dug deep into their collective pockets at a journalism and NUJ-themed quiz night to raise funds for the union’s charity NUJ Extra.

A raffle raised nearly £750.

Nottingham and Glasgow branches brought cheques totalling £600.

Six branches pledged to send donations or – even better – set up regularly monthly standing orders to NUJ Extra.

The union’s charity has been paying out more to members in need than it has received in donations or legacies and has launched call to branches to make regular donations.

NUJ branches have more than £300,000 between them in branch bank accounts and even the smallest branches can contribute.

North Wales coast branch and Derry and north west Ireland branch both pledged to send NUJ Extra £10 a month. Belfast and district branch has promised £20 a month and Portsmouth branch committed to £25.

Paris branch pledged to send a €100 donation and Dublin publications and PR branch matched that and committed to a monthly donation of €30 on top. London magazine branch pledged to send £250.

The evening was also an opportunity to say some thank yous. Specially commissioned cartoons were given to NUJ Extra stalwarts Lena Calvert, who recently retired as the charity’s administrator, and Anita Halpin, former NUJ president and treasurer and a long-standing trustee who is standing down from the NUJ’s NEC.

Two bottles of Moet Champagne donated by Glasgow and Edinburgh branches were offered to the winning quiz team. There were quiz rounds about:

  • Journalism technology from the hot metal era to modern clickbait
  • Journalists in films
  • Music with a journalism theme

Headline raffle prizes included a scathing cartoon of culture secretary John Whittingdale, commissioned by the general secretary from Steve Bell, a weekend in Dublin with flights sponsored by Dublin branch and accommodation sponsored by Jury’s Inns, a complementary trip with Irish Ferries, and a 1 year subscription to the Irish Times digital edition, sponsored by the newspaper.

Vice-president Tim Dawson also presented "the song of the NUJ" after finding the words and music score of the song written in 1932 by the then NUJ general secretary, HM Richardson. Tim had arranged for a recording of the song and delegates were give the words and the chance to sing along.

The evening’s buffet was sponsored by the NUJ’s lawyers Thompsons, a long-standing friend of NUJ Extra.

NUJ Extra tops up the income of several widows of former members and helps current members who find themselves in dire straits. It saves people from eviction, helps with emergency bills, buys important medical equipment and helps people back into work.

All branches and chapels are asked to support the charity and arrange their own fund-raising events.

Find out more information and support NUJ Extra.

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