In 1817, a lady called Mary Parsons left a bequest in her will for the amount of £1,500 - in those days a considerable amount - to benefit forty-eight old, infirm and poor Sheffield silversmiths. This generous gesture was made in memory of her brother John, who was one of the earliest Sheffield platers and silversmiths
Sheffield Assay Office now administers this unique charity and plays an active role in generating funds and donations by hosting open days and events which enable members of the public to view unique archives and pieces from the silver collection. And every year on December 27th, the feast of St John the Evangelist, retired silversmiths still gather in Sheffield Cathedral to benefit from Mary Parsons' bequest.
Please note that the charity is now closed to new applicants.
For anyone wishing to make a donation, cheques should be made payable to 'Mary Parsons Charity'.