Stagehand - The PSA Welfare and Benevolent Fund
Emergency relief when you need it most
If disaster should strike - in particular, an injury or illness that prevents you working or forces an unplanned change of career - it’s good to know that emergency help may be at hand.
Depending on your circumstances, Stagehand may be able to offer you a small grant to help tide you over, or to help with re-training. It is not, of course, designed to be a substitute for insurance cover.
This charitable Trust was set up in 1998 as a centre of support and resource to PSA members at times of personal crisis.
It was registered with the Charity Commission for England and Wales in April 2000 as a Registered Charity (Number 1080524)
The Welfare Officer is Chris Coates, who can be contacted on 020 8675 2586.
Contact details: Stagehand , PSA Welfare Benevolent Fund, PO Box 2709, Bath BA1 3YS, UK. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Patrons Sir Cliff Richard,OBE; Herbie Flowers.
Trustees: Mike Lowe (Britannia Row Productions) - Chairman, John Jones (Lift Turn Move) - Treasurer, Chris Coates - Secretary, Andy Lenthall (PSA), David Lawrence, Martin Clowes.
Who is the fund designed to benefit?
The objects of the Fund are officially:
- To provide financial relief in cases of need, hardship or distress to people who are, or have been, members of the PSA, and their dependants.
- Other charitable purposes for the general benefit of the public as the Trustees think fit. The Fund does not set out to be a 'hotel of last resort' for the ill-prepared. It aims to encourage everybody working in this industry, both within and outside the PSA, to take responsibility for themselves, or their employees, by researching the options and making the appropriate provision against losing the ability to maintain income levels through accident or illness. The Fund is not designed to provide a substitute for adequate professional and personal insurance.
In genuine cases of hardship, the Fund may provide small grants for emergency relief. The Fund also aims to support any training and re-training which may be advisable as a result of accident or illness. It would do this by means of small scholarships and bursaries for approved vocational training courses.
How do i know if i can qualify for an award?
If you are or have been a member of the PSA, and are now unable to work because of an accident or unforeseen illness, you or an immediate dependant can apply.
Grants are made at the discretion of the Trustees, subject to completion of the application form.
How do I apply for an award?
You can either download the PDF application form below or ask for a form to be posted to you. (You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to open and print the PDF file).
Alternatively, call the PSA Welfare Benevolent Fund on the number above and we will post you an application form.
Fill in and sign the form, and post it to the address at the top of this page, addressed to Chris Coates, Welfare Officer.
How are funds raised?
Although the Welfare Benevolent Fund was conceived under the auspices of the PSA, its income depends entirely on donations from companies and individuals, and from fund-raising events. Members of the PSA are not required personally to contribute to the fund, although donations are very welcome!
Down the years, John Jones (ex-MD of PCM) has given the fund great support through a donation of £10 for every CM Lodestar chain motor sold; there are on-going individual fund-raising efforts and cash collections at various festivals, support via the annual DiGiCo Charity Quiz Night and donations at the TPi Awards. The trustees are grateful to them, and for the practical support received from TPi and other industry publications.
The Fund’s Trustees greatly appreciate any donation, however large or small. If you wish to make a donation, you can give online at