Projects for 2018 include fundraising for an endowed undergraduate student support fund in memory of John Collier and our ‘Take a Seat’ initiative to help with the refurbishment of central site.
Take a seat and help with our refurbishment programme
As part of the refurbishment of the Dining Hall in 2013-14, the benches were replaced by new chairs. We are offering members of the College a unique opportunity to name a chair, for themselves or a loved one, in one of the oldest dining halls in Cambridge.
These chairs are constructed of European Oak and have been designed and made by distinguished furniture designer Luke Hughes.
For a donation of £1,000 (net) an inscription can be placed on a brass disc, 31mm diameter, on the back of the chair. This provides an opportunity to mark a special occasion or to remember a loved one in memoriam for years to come. Donors will also be invited to a lunch or dinner in the Dining Hall as a thank you, when you have the honour of sitting on ‘your’ chair for that occasion. The donation covers the cost of the chair and will also contribute towards much-needed refurbishment of the College’s buildings on the main site.
Inscriptions are limited to a number of characters and we request that they include names and dates only. There are a limited number of chairs and inscriptions will be offered on a first come first served basis.
The JC fund for student support
Thanks to the support of alumni we have been able to establish a John Collier Fellowship in Law and a College Teaching Officer will take up this position later in 2018. However we are not resting on our laurels, and at the suggestion of one of our alumni, Jonathan D Klein (1979, Law), we are keen to raise funds to support undergraduates in Law and also other subjects to further honor JC.
The funds would specifically be for undergraduates who are in need of financial assistance. A permanent fund of £150,000 will be endowed, in JC’s name to provide:
- grants for those suffering unexpected financial hardship; and
- the College’s contribution to the Cambridge Bursary scheme which supports Trinity Hall undergraduates from the lowest income families with their termly maintenance costs.
Such student support funds help ensure that no student has to leave College for financial reasons and no talented student will be prevented from attending because of financial hardship (a cause which was also dear to John).
Jonathan Klein has volunteered to provide £50,000 as a match in order to motivate others to contribute £100,000. This is what Jonathan wrote about JC:
“John Collier is more responsible than most for the fortunate position in which I find myself today. This is not due to his undoubled excellence in teaching me (he rated me as one of his least good students). JC has been a role model to me in terms of care, thoughtfulness, consideration and “being there” when it was most needed as a source of advice, wisdom and support. I know that this was not due to any special attributes of mine – perish the thought – as he behaved in this way with thousands of others, both when at Cambridge and since. I am confident that those who also benefitted from knowing him will join me in making sure we reach our target.”