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AROUND THE WORLD WITH 80 WOMEN.

GMB LONDON & SOUTHERN REGIONS INVITE YOU TO CELEBRATE ” INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY WITH US ON SATURDAY 12 MARCH 2016, FROM 11.30 am – 4 pm AT GMB HQ @ 22 STEPHENSON WAY – EUSTON – NW1 2HD. A BUFFET LUNCH WILL BE PROVIDED FROM 12 NOON, ENJOY OUR PHOTO EXHIBITION AND MUSIC..

SOME FURTHER INFORMATION FOR MEMBERS.

THE MACARTHUR  HOLIDAY TRUST.

THE HISTORY OF THE TRUST.

The trust was created in 1922 and all those associated with it are proud of its long record of service. In carrying out the objectives of the TRUST  the MANAGEMENT  COMMITTEE is always conscious that they should act to meet the ideals of the women whose name the TRUST bears–Mary  Macarther

Mary Macarthur was born in Ayr in 1880 the daughter of a draper. Joining the Shop Assistants Union 1901 she was elected the President of it’s Scottish District Council within the year. In 1903 she moved to London and became General Secretary of the Women’s  Trade Union League. She helped to form the National Federation of Women Workers in 1906 and was President for the first two year’s . She served as it’s General  Secretary from 1908 to 1921 when it was merged with what is now the GMB, shortly before her tragic early death.

Mary Macarthur  often expressed concern that the ” tired working women”, with whom she came into contact had no hope of respite or a holiday.Her hope was that a holiday home could be opened  to which they could go for a period of rest. They therefore decided they should find an alternative way of providing for women in need which they  were confident respected Mary Macarthur’s  original intentions and would meet with her approval.

since 1991 the new Mary Macarthur Holiday Trust has achieved the provision of a holiday of personal choice : for there can be no doubt that the unique place that Mary Macarthur  Homes held in the area of social responsibility , and the memory of Mary herself ,are perpetuated through the Trust Fund. Her aim to fight to struggle ,to right the wrong so that those in need might hope for better things is continued today in the fulfilment of her dream to provide the respite needed for women.

Posted: 11th February 2016

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