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The British Benevolent Society of California provides financial aid and compassionate relief to British Citizens in need throughout the Western United States.

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Message from Our President

Charles Cockerton

Dear Members and Friends of the BBS,

It goes without saying that these past few months have been extremely challenging for so many. I am constantly reminded of, and kept positive by, the kindness and support of our British Benevolent Society community. As the Summer ends, and we continue to face a seemingly never ending global pandemic, social unrest and now tragic wildfires engulfing much of the West, I know that many of our members have been staying in touch and looking out for one another however they can.

2020 has clearly shown that our charitable mission is as relevant today as it has ever been. The BBS truly is a “community of care”. This has been demonstrated by the ongoing efforts of the charity to provide financial assistance quickly to fellow Brits that have needed it. As well, the BBS continues to be there as a friendly and welcoming organization, open to anyone. One new member in California described the BBS as a “lovely warm comfort blanket.” It can be so reassuring for those that have built lives here, but might feel anxious or homesick at times such as we are facing now. Many say, it’s just good to know the BBS exists.

We are grateful to all the contributions and volunteer work from our BBS supporters, both individuals and British-American partner organizations throughout the West Coast. In addition to direct financial assistance, BBS initiatives during Covid-19 have ranged from hosting virtual happy hours, the ever popular pub quiz, and members or experts in our community being willing to share their expertise and practical advice. We are pleased to have been able to share these recorded conversations covering medical, travel and immigration issues during Covid-19.

I cannot end without making special mention of our volunteer BBS Relief Committee. They have tirelessly worked to help our community by continuously applying empathy and a calm approach as they work together to help determine the best course of action for each relief case we receive. Thank you.

I wish you all the very best. May you and your loved ones stay safe and well as we move into the Fall.

Charles Cockerton

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Did you know?

The first President of the British Benevolent Society was William Lane Booker, who was also the British Consul in 1857.