The Rainy Day Trust (RDT) has been granted Charitable Incorporated Organisation status by the Charity Commission – which means it can deliver new services.
As part of the change, which takes place on January 1, RDT has been given a new charity registration number of 1170878.
RDT chief executive officer Bryan Clover said “This is great news for us as it means that we can grow quickly and effectively.
“We will be able to work much more closely with our partners and help people in new ways. It marks the beginning of an exciting phase for RDT”.
He added that the name of the charity will remain the same but some changes will be necessary. “One thing that we would ask is that anyone who has a collection tin of ours returns it to us as soon as possible, so we can re-issue new ones with our new charity registration number on them,” he said.
Bryan added: “The RDT has grown substantially over the last 12 months, and that growth looks set to continue.”
The RDT operates across three sectors (builders merchants, DIY & hardware and housewares & tabletop) which have a combined turnover of more than £50billion and employ close to 500,000 people.
It is the only charity which exists solely to help people who have worked in these industries, including DIY shops, hardware stores, builders merchants, garden centres, cookshops – and all the manufacturers, distributors and retailers in the UK who supply them.
For more information on returning tins please contact RDT on 0121 237 1132. For beneficiaries or help please call 0203 192 0486.
Rainy Day Trust Chief executive officer Bryan Clover