Message from Our President

Charles Cockerton

I am thrilled to be President of the British Benevolent Society of California at such an exciting time in our development.  I would like to thank our Executive Director, fellow Board members and Society members for all of their enthusiasm, hard work and commitment.  Your support enables the BBS to continue to help British citizens who find themselves in desperate need as well as foster a vibrant, self-supporting British community in California.

In addition to the core relief work of the BBS, which I am very pleased to say continues unabated since our inception in 1858, I am particularly excited by the BBS’s two key outreach initiatives for 2019, Relief Outreach and Membership Outreach.  These two initiatives will ensure that the BBS is able to serve more British citizens in need of our help, as well as successfully continue to serve future generations of British people living in the West of America.

I would like to take this opportunity to encourage our BBS members, fellow Brits living here in California or anyone who might like to join us to come forward and to get involved with the BBS.

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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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Did you know?

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