About Us

The Harwell, Chilton and Culham Welfare Fund was established in 1951 to afford financial assistance to any necessitous current and former employees (including their immediate families) of the organisations listed below at the Harwell, Chilton or Culham sites:

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Science and Technology Council Logo
Public Health England Logo

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Notes to eligibility

  • Employees of predecessor organisations (e.g. National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), Council for the Central Laboratory of the Research Councils (CCLRC), Research Sites Restoration Ltd (RSRL)) are eligible for assistance.
  • In the event of any of the organisations listed above being taken over by, or merged with, another organisation eligibility for assistance continues unchanged.
  • Employees of the above organisations who have been transferred to a successor organisation (e.g. through contractorisation or divestment) which is carrying out part of the undertaking previously carried out by the above named organisations, at Harwell, Chilton or Culham sites remain eligible for assistance. Eligibility is retained if primary successor organisations are subject to further change, such as further divestment. Such eligibility extends to employees recruited directly by the successor organisations while at the Harwell, Chilton or Culham sites.

The Charity is funded entirely by voluntary donations and from legacies, and is a Registered Charity (No 213839). The Fund can give grants and interest-free loans and is administered by Trustees, who are current or ex-employees of the organisations above, and include Trade Union representatives.

How We can Help

The Fund can give grants and interest-free loans

In order to help you, the Fund’s Trustees will need information about:

  • Who you are;
  • Your eligibility, i.e. that you are or were an employee of one of the qualifying organisations and are or were based at Harwell, Chilton or Culham;
  • The nature of your financial difficulties;
  • Your overall financial situation (income, expenditure and savings).

Applications for assistance are presented anonymously to the Trustees and the Trustees undertake to keep all information you provide confidential (in full compliance with the Data Protection Act).

The Trustees normally meet quarterly, but urgent cases can be considered between meetings. Applications can be submitted as follows:

  • by e-mail to
  • by Post to the Contact Address below.

Download an Application Form (Word .docx document)

Donations to the HCCWF are always appreciated, and can be made via the Charities Aid Foundation using our Registered Charity Number 213839

Cheques (payable to HCCWF) can be sent to the Postal Contact Address below.


Rules and Constitution, download a copy here (pdf)

Download AGM Minutes (PDF):

Get in touch


By Post

The Harwell, Chilton & Culham Welfare Fund
12 Charter Road, Newbury, RG14 7EN.

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