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The Hardyeans Club Charitable Association
The Hardyeans’ Club Charitable Association was established to provide a positive benefit to the school from a long-standing club (Old Hardyeans and latterly The Hardyeans’ Club) of former students of Hardye’s School, Dorchester (and the other senior schools in Dorchester after amalgamation). The Association was granted Charitable Status in 2000.
Its purpose is to help and encourage the further education of students and former students of the Thomas Hardye School, Dorchester (who are under 25) and who have gained places at university or college but who, due to financial hardship of their families, may be unable to take up their offered places. Individuals apply through the Heads of the Sixth Form who verify the financial circumstances of the families. A selection board of HCCA Trustees interview recommended students and makes awards each April/May which are conditional on educational success and qualifying. Bursaries are paid in August (when successful academic attainment for entry is confirmed) to help pay the inevitable expenses of required books and equipment. Experience has shown that success at being awarded a bursary at this stage of their education encourages students to seek other sponsorships and bursaries. The over-arching criteria for the awards panel when interviewing students, is the financial hardship of the students and their families in taking up their University or College place. An annual letter is asked of the student as to their academic and developmental progress as feed back to the HCCA.
By appeals to former students, trusts and businesses, the Association has raised, and now has, just over £240,000 under charitable fund investment for disbursement. The Association hopes to continue to raise funds to increase the number of bursaries available for award and periodically to keep pace with the value of each bursary given inflationary pressures and the costs of tertiary education. Each student, at present, is given £1,000 at the start of each academic year for the duration of his or her 3 year course. At this moment (2019) ten students are in receipt of bursaries in a variety of full time university and college courses. A new scheme of occasional grants on an ad hoc basis is underway for students or ex-students needing funds towards internships or travel in pursuit of academic benefit which may be considered by the Trustees. The Hardyeans’ Club promotes this as its own charity and welcomes legacies or any other donations which are passed to the Charitable Association for long term investment or shorter term funding of bursaries and grants. Donations to charities such as the HCCA can be offset against tax.
Since 2001, seventy five students have benefitted from a total of over £138,000. At this moment (2024) ten students are in receipt of bursaries in a variety of full time university and college courses. A new scheme of occasional grants on an ad hoc basis is underway for students or ex-students needing funds towards internships or travel in pursuit of academic benefit which may be considered by the Trustees.
Julia Moore Chair of the Hardyeans’ Club Charitable Association September 2022
|Mr Nick Rutherford, Headteacher
Hardyeans have always been at the forefront of support for their school and I am
deeply grateful to those who have worked so hard to bring this charitable trust
Many of you will be aware from my comments in the
Newsletter that the School goes from strength to strength and has developed a
will also realise that our students come from many different backgrounds and
experiences. The school has two crucial responsibilities to them:
is inevitable that both these responsibilities carry significant financial
consequences both for parents and the school.
Thomas Hardye School is committed to equality of experience, through allowing
every student the chance to be involved in the opportunities we provide and
attending the University or College which best mirrors their aspirations and
is unfortunate that with the present financial constraints we cannot always
fulfill our commitment and some students either have fewer opportunities within
school or perhaps even more importantly are unable to attend the Higher
Education institution that their abilities merit.
is a source of great regret to me that those students are often the most
deserving and 'first generation' participants in Higher Education. I know that
many of you reading this who were successful in later life were from this very
kind of background.
|by Mrs Julia Moore, Chairman, Hardyeans Club Charitable Association
of us, as Members of the Hardyeans' Club, owe a great debt of gratitude to the
Schools that did so much to educate and prepare us for the challenges of our
adult lives throughout our formative years. As our appreciation of our Schools
has grown with the advancing years, we have been seeking for ways in which we
could repay, in part, this great debt by helping the young people who are its
students today. As the Head Teacher, Mr Michael Foley, has described so clearly
in stating ‘The Need’ above, there are less fortunate students in the School
today who are so very deserving of our financial support.
Please help us to alleviate the financial problems of getting a fine tertiary
education for at least a few of our successors who may not be as lucky as we
were in days past by donating as generously as possible to the Charitable
Association. A Gift Aid donation now and, if possible, a legacy in your Will,
has significant tax and financial advantages.
approved Charity, our Charitable Association is able to augment your generosity
in two substantial ways:
who pay Income or Capital Gains Taxes will be able to substantially enhance
their donation by completing the Gift Aid Form enclosed, i.e. by 25% in 2013/14.
Legacy in a Will
from making lifetime donations, one effective way of supporting the Hardyeans
Club Charitable Association and helping to finance its work is by bequeathing a
legacy by your Will.
the Association is an approved charity, any bequest to it will be exempt from
the burden of Inheritance Tax. If, therefore, your Estate is liable to
Inheritance Tax, the value of that part of the Estate on which the Tax is
payable will be reduced by the amount of the bequest.
Accordingly, a bequest will not only benefit the Association but reduce your
Estate's liability to Inheritance Tax.
is a suggested form of wording to give effect to a bequest of a legacy in your
bequeath to the Hardyeans’ Club Charitable Association of the Thomas
Hardye School, Queens Avenue, DORCHESTER, Dorset, Registered No 1082237
the sum of (£.....................) for the general purposes of the said
Association and I declare that the receipt of the Honorary Treasurer or
other authorised official for the time being of the said Association
shall be sufficient discharge of this bequest.
Hardyeans’ Club Charitable Association,
The Thomas Hardye School,
Queens Avenue, DORCHESTER DT1 2ET.
|DONATION TO THE TRUST
If you would like to make a donation please send a cheque, payable to "The Hardyeans' Club Charitable Association" to:
The Hon. Treasurer,
Hardyeans' Club Charitable Association,
If you would like to set up a Standing Order to make regular payments to the HCCA, please download this Form, complete it and present it to your Bank. Please inform the Treasurer of your decision.
Your generosity is greatly appreciated.