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The British Benevolent Society’s Blog 

Welcome to the British Benevolent Society’s Blog

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British Consul General

The British Consul General, Priya Guha –The British Benevolent Society enjoys a close relationship with the British Consulate General Office in San Francisco.

A letter from the British Consul General

“As the British Consul General in San Francisco, I would like to thank the British Benevolent Society (BBS) for all its valuable work in assisting British Nationals in the region.

Ever since its creation in 1858, the BBS has maintained a close working relationship with the British Consulate-General. In my time in San Francisco, I have seen at first hand the excellent work and relief that this charity can deliver.

The dedicated individuals at BBS give their time and support to assist British Nationals in distress, whether it’s in a personal crisis or during a larger-scale disaster.

Nobody ever imagines something will go wrong when they are far from home, but when the unexpected does happen and British Nationals find themselves at their most vulnerable and have exhausted all other options, BBS will be a source of support.

We are very proud to partner with the British Benevolent Society and really appreciate all its efforts in support of the UK.”

Priya Guha
British Consul General
San Francisco, CA

Help and a New Passport

Currently we are helping a British lady in the Bay Area apply for a new passport and return to Scotland. She has lived in the US for over 20 years, had a car accident which left her unable to work and after being admitted to hospital with severe respiratory problems due to sub-standard living conditions she approached the Consulate for help. We have funded her passport renewal application as well as helped her with living expenses and hope to have her home by mid summer.

Vulnerable gentleman, ill and exploited

We were approached by a concerned social worker in the Santa Cruz area who made us aware of a middle aged British man who had suffered a debilitating stroke and was being cared for in a home funded by various non-profits. It came to light he was already mentally disabled when he arrived (legally) in the U.S. and had obviously been an easy target for fraud and theft as upon investigation the social worker ascertained his Green Card was a fake and he was therefore living in the US illegally. There was some urgency to get him home to his family as obviously he was not entitled to benefits and services provided to legal US residents. We worked with the social worker to get him his paperwork in order, a flight home and some modest financial aid. He is now back in the UK under the care of his family.

Illness en-route to the UK

A few months ago a British family were returning home to the UK from New Zealand via San Francisco. During the layover at SFO, one member of the family became very unwell and was denied boarding back onto the plane by the airport doctor. On further investigation it was discovered she had a brain tumor and was treated at UCSF. Working closely with the British Consulate we helped the family find a hotel for over 2 weeks, contributed to their living costs and helped with logistics while they were stranded here with dwindling finances as they were not on paid leave. Eventually the lady was cleared to fly & begin treatment in England and the family was able to return home.

Pub Quiz @ Elephant & Castle, SF Francisco: 8 April, 2014

The first pub quiz of the year was held at the Elephant & Castle, Clay Street, San Francisco in early April. The amazing Quiz Masters, Peter Brook & Hugh MacMillan challenged everyone with some difficult questions for both the UK & US guests. Prizes were two beautiful gift baskets containing British goodies, British beer donated by Green King Brewery and the booby prize was a can of Spotted Dick! Watch out for the invitation for our next pub quiz scheduled for Britweek in June.