About NewstrAid

The NewstrAid Benevolent Fund has been in existence for over 175 years. It was founded in 1839 by, amongst others, Charles Dickens, to provide welfare for the desperately poor newspaper street sellers of London. NewstrAid has since expanded to cover the whole of the UK and everyone involved in the retailing, wholesaling, distribution and circulation of newspapers and magazines, and their immediate dependents. Read more about our History »

We provide welfare for people who are, or have been, employed in the selling and distribution of newspapers and magazines in the UK. This includes their immediate family and dependants who are in need, hardship or distress.

Over the years, we have helped thousands of people up and down the land. (Read Case Studies).

As well financial help, our team of volunteer almoners has made sure that our beneficiaries feel the emotional support that makes such a difference to their lives. Many of them tell us that just knowing NewstrAid is there makes a difference to their lives.

Our network of area committees covers the UK and their role in raising funds and seeking out new people we can help is at the very heart of what we do.  Without our area committees and volunteer almoners, NewstrAid simply would not be the news trade’s own charity.

To enquire about joining an area committee, attending any of our events or becoming a volunteer almoner, contact alan.mottramplayfoot@newstraid.org.uk