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Folkestone Town Mayor’s Christmas Fund

Lump of coal (Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez (Lmbuga Commons)(Lmbuga Galipedia)Publicada por/Publish by: Luis Miguel Bugallo Sánchez / CC BY-SA (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/))Since 1974, applications have been welcomed each year around this time from residents of Folkestone to apply for the Town Mayor of Folkestone's Christmas Fund for assistance with their winter expenses. Prior to 1974 this was known as the Mayor's Coal Fund and gifts of coal were distributed to those eligible.

Each year local business and individuals make donations to the Mayor's Christmas Fund and payments are then sent in January to Folkestone residents aged 75 and over who fall within certain financial criteria, as agreed by the Ton Mayor of Folkestone's Christmas Fund Committee.

Any organisation or individual who wished to make a donation, however small, can do so by addressing it to the Town Mayor of Folkestone, Folkestone Town Council, The Town Hall, 1-2 Guildhall Street, Folkestone, Kent CT20 1DY. Cheques should be payable to "The Town Mayor's Christmas Fund" or via BACS to the same account (Account no: 08616639 Sort Code 52-41-42).

The payments made to individuals will be equal, but vary each year dependant on the size of the fund and number of applications. Payments have recently been in the range of £55-65 per person.

An application form is available at http://folkestone-tc.gov.uk/_UserFiles/Files/News/Application%20form%202020.docx