The Benevolent Fund was founded over 90 years ago by members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers as a way of providing advice, support and financial assistance to those past and present members of the IMechE (and their dependants) who needed it.

Since those early days back in 1913, the Benevolent Fund has adapted as times have changed, but its simple and straightforward aim remains the same today:

"…to help IMechE members, and their dependants, who are in need…"

The Benevolent Fund is an independent charity (Registered Number 209465) and a Company Limited by Guarantee (Company Number 130981). It is neither funded nor managed by the IMechE, but governed by Trustees who are all themselves members of the Institution.

As the major charity for professional mechanical engineers, Benevolent Fund of the IMechE offers financial and practical support in times of need. This can be anything from being unable to work due to an accident or illness, having to accommodate special needs and disabilities, or lacking sufficient funds for retirement. Please note that they are only able to help members of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers and their dependants, but all grades of members are eligible.

Volunteers Training Day – Wednesday 7 June 2006
In June 2006 the Benevolent Fund hosted a joint Visitors' Training Day with the Benevolent Fund of the Institution of Civil Engineers. Many volunteers attended this interesting and useful day. For more information click here.

Party at the Palace!

On 11 July three lucky people being helped by the Benevolent Fund, each accompanied by a relative, were invited to attend a Garden Party at Buckingham Palace...for the full story, click on Party at the Palace.

2006 Member Survey
Many thanks to the hundreds of members who responded to the recent Benevolent Fund email questionnaire. The results are now being analysed, and the findings will inform future planning. For a brief look at the results click on News & Events/2006 Survey Results.

Looking for support?
If you’re looking for help for yourself or someone you’re caring for, visit their How we help section. You’ll find detailed information on the services they provide, as well as a detailed Guide to finding support.

“It gave me a great feeling of warmth and pleasure that, in the midst of a very busy life, you stopped long 90290008.jpgenough to think of me.” Helen Baker

Helen Baker contacted them for help after her husband died. You can read the rest of Helen's story in the How we've helped section.

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