The Printing Charity announces support for the Rory Peck Trust

The UK charity will provide funding for eight safety training bursaries, specifically for UK freelancers.

London, 17 November 2014: The Rory Peck Trust today announced The Printing Charity as a new partner. With their support, the Trust will be providing eight safety training bursaries to UK freelancers who work in print or online as journalists or photographers. The bursaries will be distributed through the Rory Peck Training Fund, which was established in 2000 to make essential hostile environment training affordable for freelance journalists. Since its establishment, the Fund has provided hundreds of bursaries to freelancers around the world.

Set up in 1827, The Printing Charity is dedicated to helping people who work or have worked for three years in printing, publishing, graphic arts and print related trades, as well as their families. Regular financial assistance, financial grants to pay for things like independent living and training, as well as two sheltered homes for retired printers are just some of the ways The Printing Charity helps people of all ages.

Tina Carr, director of the Rory Peck Trust, said, “We are delighted to welcome our new partner, The Printing Charity, a highly respected UK organisation with substantial history and news industry knowledge, and one which shares our commitment to the welfare of individuals connected with that industry. We very much look forward to working with them.”

Stephen Gilbert, Chief Executive of The Printing Charity, said: “Funding these safety training bursaries for UK freelancers is a natural fit with our work supporting people involved in the creation of words and images. We look forward to developing this scheme with the Rory Peck Trust.”

Tour de France Signed Jersey has been kindly donated from Sharp..

This Tour de France Signed Jersey has been kindly donated from Sharp and will be up for Auction at our 187th Annual Luncheon, held at Stationers’ Hall on Thursday 6th November. This unique team shirt has been signed by the Sharp Garmin team of 2014 including David Miller (their UK team member who was pulled at the last minute, but carried on commentating on the TV during the tour). The shirt is fully mounted and also includes Dylan van Baarle, the winner of the Tour of Britain who ran the competition to the end and is one to watch for the future of cycling, which Team Garmin Sharp are very proud of.

Other team members include; Andrew Talansky, Jack Bauer, Alex Howes, Ramunas Navardauskas, Tom Jelte Slagter, Johan Van Summeren, Nenjamin King and Sebastian Langeveld.

Sharp hopes that this will raise in excess of £1,000 for The Printing Charity.


The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP speaks at our Annual Luncheon

The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP talks about apprenticeships and print’s future at our 187th Annual Luncheon

The Rt Hon David Blunkett MP was the very entertaining guest speaker at our 187th Annual Luncheon on 6 November at Stationers’ Hall, London.

“Apprenticeships are fundamental to our future,” he said. “The city I represent was built on craft skills and I hope we see a return to those skills.” He praised The Printing Charity for our work, including our support of apprenticeships in the print industry.

“It’s been said that ‘books were something we did before the Internet’ but that’s not true,” he added. “Social media is here to stay, but digitalization is not the end of printing. The two can coexist.”

At the event we presented the Venerable David Meara, Archdeacon Emeritus of London with a Pro Merito badge for his support of The Printing Charity for the past 11 years.

Lord Black of Brentwood, Executive Director of the Telegraph Media Group and President of The Printing Charity, said: “As the Rector of St Bride’s and Archdeacon of London, David Meara has been an ever present figure in Fleet Street and the spiritual guiding light of our industry for the past 14 years. He will be missed.”

Over 160 people from the printing and publishing industries attended the event, which raised £1,290 through five prize draws for our work.