|Rushden Echo Friday 3rd Oct 1915, transcribed by Susan Manton.
Dear Sir, In common with the general wish to help in these times of trouble, our employees have held a general meeting and have decided to approach you asking for advice as to the disposal of funds which they have unanimously decided to collect each week as follows:
All employees have agreed to contribute 2½ per cent of total wages paid, which is estimated to produce about 30/- per week. Under these circumstances the principals of the Central Machinery Company have kindly guaranteed to make up the amount to £3 per week, thus leaving exactly £3 per week to be disposed of, which the committee, appointed by the employees, suggested should be spent in providing homes for 2 or 3 Belgian families in Rushden.
However we should be pleased to benefit from your wider experience and anxiously await your valued comments.
Thanking you in anticipation,
On behalf of the committee of the Central Machinery Co’s Employees Belgian Fund.
W. Brown Secretary.