Constitution

 

Purposes

  • To help fund the provision of equipment, including wheelchairs and other healthcare equipment, for children with physical disabilities in Suffolk.
  • To support potential developments in care for children affected by cancer and their families in outpatient, inpatient and home settings.
  • To support education (professional and lay) and research into cancer treatment and care.

 

Public Benefit

There are clear public benefits of GeeWizz’s purpose.

Disabled children will be provided with wheelchairs and other healthcare equipment paid for with funds raised by the organisation. Those affected by cancer will benefit from the funding of research being carried out into the illness and similarly from the purchase of healthcare and medical equipment.

The families of those affected in this way will also benefit. Institutions such as hospitals or universities will benefit from the broader application of equipment purchased using funds donated by the organisation.

There will be a wider public benefit in terms of raising awareness and providing important health messages relating to the research being funded.

GeeWizz’s purpose will benefit disabled children, children affected by cancer and their families and carers, and the wider public as a result of funding relating to cancer research.

GeeWizz will help those with disabilities, but this is specifically addressed by the Equality Act. Regarding children, it is a reasonable social policy objective, and legitimate aim, to improve the health of children.

 

Operating

The trustees will consider a broad, non-exhaustive list of criteria in relation to the accordance of funds.

No funds will be provided directly to individuals, their families or carers. Instead, funds will be allocated to organisations such as schools, hospitals or the providers of medical equipment.

In relation to the funding of cancer research, the organisation will liaise directly with the institution carrying out the research (or proposed research) and work with them in order to ensure the most suitable allocation of funds.

The trustees will meet quarterly in order to consider applications, nominations and potential candidates for funding and decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis, when all supporting statements and relevant documentary evidence has been considered.

Criteria evaluated will include (but will not be limited to) age, circumstances, family situation, availability of funding from other sources, geographical location, vulnerability of particular individuals and the amount of funding available to the organisation.

Along with the criteria outlined in the organisation’s objectives, the trustees will then be able to make reasonable decisions regarding the allocation of funds in accordance with the charity’s constitution.