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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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July 2018 Newsletter

Relief Update

Our colleagues at the British Consulate received a call from a young traveler who had lost her passport while in the US. She was in tears and wasn’t going to be able to board her flight. While in the US, she experienced a kidney infection resulting in hospitalization. She had only a small amount of cash remaining and couldn’t pay to change her flight or come to San Francisco for an emergency travel document. She faced being stranded at the airport, fresh out of hospital. Given her vulnerability, she was rerouted to SFO and issued an emergency travel document in time for her to catch a connecting flight on to the UK. This was a fast moving case that involved quick thinking as well as assistance from the UK Government Office in Seattle! Amber made it home safely and was very grateful for the kindness and assistance provided by the BBS.

We helped a struggling 72 year old, living on his own, with financial assistance to avoid eviction from his studio apartment in San Francisco. Upon contacting the BBS, he had just secured employment as a caregiver but was concerned because he had close to no reserve in his bank account. We have since heard from Michael and he is doing better. He works regularly as a care giver and is feeling much better about supporting himself.

The Relief Committee also agreed to help repatriate a family to Scotland. The family had been living in Las Vegas for more than 3 years, after the father suffered a head injury while on holiday. While in the US, they experienced a number of difficult setbacks, drained their life savings and sold their home in the UK. They had decided to return to the UK, once they were guaranteed assistance from an organization in Scotland, where they hope to restart their lives.

What’s new with the Board and BBS Officers

The BBS Board of Directors says goodbye this month to Stuart Bagshaw. Stuart has served as a Director since 2016 and was instrumental in helping shape the new branding for the organization as well as spear heading a range of initiatives to boost the profile of the charity. He is leaving us for a calling from across the Atlantic where he will likely spend more time with family and begin his role as President of the BABC. We will miss Stuart tremendously, and wish he and his wife Ailene all the best!

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Thank you for renewing your membership!

Thank you to all of our members who have been in touch to renew their memberships! Your ongoing support really does make a difference in our ability to provide relief to those most in need.

If you are unsure of the status of your membership, please contact Jenn Baker. Alternatively, to renew or join, you can always visit our website for guidance.

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