Last week I took Fred Taban into Salisbury so Fred could organise a debit card for his Lloyds bank account. This means if he is travelling on his own and something happens he can access money and giving him real independence while he is in the UK.
I then went to HSBC with Sophie Blick our Finance Officer to see if we can change the name of the account from Chalke Valley Africa Fund to CRESS – and also to get a debit card for the account. We were fortunate in meeting with a young man who seemed quite switched on!
The organisation of CRESS finances seems to be gradually making progress towards a more efficient streamlined system – we use software from Data Developments which is designed for churches and charities and Sophie has done a great job in loading it all up. Thanks to all Sophie’s hard work we can now see clearly our outgoings and incoming funds. I am relieved to say that we have sufficient regular donors to cover all 10 full-time South Sudanese salaries plus some £300 of monthly expenses for the office. Phew !
Fred and I then celebrated with a pork bap in the Market Place, a chance to enjoy the sunshine.