The Christine Witcutt Memorial Fundis a charity
registered in Scotland in June 2002. Its object is the
improvement of care and education of people with special needs in
Sarajevo, in particular the funding of the Christine Witcutt Centre
and its associated Outreach service.
Prior to June 2002 the Centre was funded by Edinburgh Direct Aid
EdinburghDirectAid.org), but it was thought better to
separate the particular needs of the Christine Witcutt Centre
from the wider ranging interests of Edinburgh Direct Aid. At that
time EDA transferred all funds held for the Centre (some
£160000) to the Memorial Fund.
From January 2007 the Centre (but not the Outreach Service) has been
funded by Sarajevo Canton and Municipality and special funds of the Presidency of BiH.
The CWMF is non-incorporated Trust, that is, it is not a Limited
Company. It is run by a committee which includes all its
Trustees, and other co-opted members, which include two inclusive
education experts. Alan Witcutt, husband of Christine, is one of its leading
a ceremony at the Scottish Parliament, Her Excellency, Mrs.
Elvira Begovic, ambassador to the United Kingdom of
Bosnia-Herzegovina, presented to Alan Witcutt a medal specially
struck by the municipality of New Sarajevo to commemorate the
work and sacrifices of the Witcutt family helping Sarajevo,
culminating in the opening of the Christine Witcutt
Office and Overheads.
The office work of the fund is delivered gratis by Edinburgh
Direct Aid. Both Edinburgh Direct Aid and the Christine
Witcutt Memorial Fund are all-volunteer organisations with no
All money collected for the Fund goes directly to the support
of the Outreach Service, with the exception of money used for
Occasional newsletters and mail shots
A small amount of local event advertising
Travel to and from the meetings of the Steering Committee
of the Outreach service, and evaluation of its work
(1 visit annually)
Visits by special needs experts (approximately once every two years)
Deliveries of goods collected in the UK, such as
incontinence pads, physiotherapy and other equipment,
Total expenditure under the above heads is less than
£2000 a year, out of about £20000.