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The Charity has always sought to help our Civil Service community with whatever challenge they may be facing. With this core principle at the heart of our 135-year history, we are moved by the story of Patricia, who was supported by the Charity more than 50 years ago.

Patricia and PeterPatricia and Peter had unknowingly worked in the same HMRC (or more accurately Customs and Excise) building for several years before they were married. They were introduced by a mutual friend and a happy wedding was followed by the birth of a baby girl they named Elizabeth. Sadly, just a few years later Peter died of a respiratory infection, leaving the family devastated.

At that time women were not allowed to work in the Civil Service when they married, leaving Patricia alone and anxious when she became a young widow. In addition to trying to cope with her grief whilst raising a small child by herself, she had no income. That’s when she decided to reach out to us for help. Following a supportive conversation, we provided Patricia with financial assistance to help her feel safe and supported through one of the most challenging times of her life.

All of these years later, Patricia’s daughter Elizabeth has got in touch with us. In her thank you note below, we learn that Patricia had a long, happy life and generously left us a legacy in her will. Legacy donations like this have a huge impact on our ability to help our lifelong community of civil servants and we will be forever grateful to Patricia and her family.

To The Charity for Civil Servants

I am writing in regards to the legacy my mother, Patricia, recently left to the Charity. She was loyal to your organisation throughout her life. I believe this was in no small way due to the financial and emotional support she received from you over 50 years ago at the time of my father’s death.

I have recently found letters between mum and the Charity indicating how grateful she was for the support you showed her as a young, widowed mother. I’m sure she chose to leave her legacy to you as she thought you put the welfare of your community at the heart of everything you do. I know she would have wanted it to help others in need, as do I.

Yours sincerely,


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