IQ Benevolent Fund offers continuing support to members

With COVID-19 continuing to affect the lives of many of its members, the UK Institute of Quarrying has issued its latest reminder that its long-established Benevolent Fund is there to provide support in times of difficulty.
Quarry Products / October 14, 2020
By Liam McLoughlin
 The IQ Benevolent Fund has helped many members since being established in 1925
The IQ Benevolent Fund has helped many members since being established in 1925

Established in 1925, the IQ Benevolent Fund (IQBF) has helped many members and families over the years facing financial uncertainties because of long-term illness, disability or death.

From financial support and advice to a regular phone call or email exchange to help with isolation, the IQ says that Wanda Zablocki, IQBF welfare officer, is on hand to help.

She commented: “No one could have predicted the chaos caused by the Coronavirus. While the Government’s furlough scheme has supported many workers over the last few months, with changes to the scheme effective from 1 November we’d like to remind IQ members that the Benevolent Fund is here to help them and their families through some of the most challenging times in their lives.

“The fund itself is so versatile and can help in more ways than one. As an example, we’re currently funding towards the college tuition of an aspiring musician who is a dependent of a deceased member. Our trustees are very open to new applications.”

IQ chief executive officer James Thorne said: “Anyone contacting IQBF can be assured that their situation will be treated with discretion and care, and each case that comes forward is treated individually by an independent board of trustees.”

The IQ Benevolent Fund AGM held on 22nd September 2020 confirmed the Board of Trustees as:

Paul Calladine FIQ (Chairman); John McGough MIQ (Deputy Chairman); Russell Mason FIQ (Treasurer) and Louise White, IQ Office Administrator and Events Co-ordinator (Secretary).

Ordinary Trustees: Martin Isles FIQ, Ken Bradley FIQ, Brian Wiltshire FIQ and James Thorne IQ CEO.

Martin Riley FIQ (IQ President) and Viv Russell FIQ (IQ Chairman) representing the IQ Board.

Tyrone Partridge FIQ and Nigel Morton FIQ represent IQ branches on the board from London and Home Counties and Derbyshire respectively.

Enquiries about the IQBF should be directed to Wanda Zablocki, IQBF Welfare Officer. Email: or telephone 0115 855 6500.

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