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Letter of dissolution

Dear Colleagues

RE: Dissolution of The Hospital For Sick Children Nurses' League, London

It is with regret that I write this letter.

On 20th January 2022 the members of the Executive and Benevolent Committees of The Hospital for Sick Children Nurses' League decided to put a motion forward to the members at the AGM on 24th September 2022 to dissolve the League.

The Hospital for Sick Children Nurses' League Benevolent Fund (The Charity) Constitution (1999) section V. Dissolution, states:

"If the Benevolent Fund Executive Committee decide that it is necessary or advisable to dissolve the Charity it shall call a meeting of all members of the Charity, of which not less than 21 days' notice (stating the terms of the resolution to be proposed) shall be given. If the proposal is confirmed by a two-thirds majority of those present and voting the Benevolent Fund Executive Committee shall have power to realise any assets held by or on behalf of the Charity. Any assets remaining after the satisfaction of any proper debts and liabilities shall be given or transferred to such other charitable institution or institutions having objects similar to the objects of the Charity as the members of the Charity may determine or failing that shall be applied for some other charitable purpose. A copy of the statement of accounts, or account and statements, for the final accounting period of the Charity must be sent to the Commissioners."

This decision has not been taken lightly. The death of our long-standing Patron Fortune, Duchess of Grafton and the COVID pandemic have made us think about the future of the League. We have been struggling to find new members and also officers to run the Association. The background work has been supported by long-term members who have given their time and put effort into making the League function. They now wish to step down. Lack of new members and new officers coming forward to run the League over the last few years has culminated in this decision.

Yours sincerely,

Susan Macqueen
Vice Chair, Acting President
The Hospital for Sick Children Nurses' League, London

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