Andrews Charitable Trust and the Christian Book Promotion Trust announced on 30th June 2021 that they have merged to form one trust. This brings the remaining two trusts who own Andrews Property Group together as Andrews Charitable Trust (ACT).
The vision of their co-founder, and founder of Andrews Property Group, Cecil Jackson-Cole, had always been that business and charity would work closely together, and this merger completes the regrouping following the Christian Initiative Trust’s successful merging with ACT in 2016.
Paul Heal, Chairman of ACT and non-Executive Director of Andrews Property Group, commented,
This is a momentous point in the 70-year history of Andrews. The coming together of our two Christian charities will ensure that we are able to further the vision of our founder for many years to come.
Fifty years ago, CBPT launched a grant programme called Speaking Volumes for the purchase of Christian books to be donated into libraries, including libraries in prisons, schools, and churches. It has become very popular in recent years, with demand in excess of available funds. Paula Renouf, Speaking Volumes Director, explained, ‘It’s a simple concept of sharing the Christian message in books, which often creates opportunities for other ministries such as Christians supporting offenders or churches visiting schools. Joining ACT means we will be more effective as we will reduce our costs and be able to offer more grants.’
Paula will remain responsible for the Speaking Volumes grant scheme and will assist Siân Edwards, ACT Executive Director, and new team member Clare Anderson, Operations Coordinator, with ACT’s other Christian funding projects, such as its grant to Cinnamon Network, which develops church-based social action projects. Siân commented,
Paula joins our team at a busy and challenging time as our Establish project is now purchasing its seventh house, enabling support for 23 young adults leaving care. We are also currently supporting nine other charities and social investments.
David Westgate, Chief Executive of Andrews Property Group, an estate agency and lettings business operating in Southern England with more than fifty branches, said of the merger, ‘In the words of Cecil Jackson-Cole, who set up many well-known charities, “There is so much more to do.” We anticipate that both charities and businesses will indeed achieve so much more with a shared and focused future.’
Written by: Paula Renouf