1996 – In the House of Lords on July 18, the Lord Chancellor rose to read the titles of 15 Bills that received Royal Assent and became law that day. The last to be read was the Belfast Charitable Society Act;

‘In order to ensure that the Society will be able to serve the present-day and likely future needs of the community it is necessary to modernise the objects and powers of the Society…’

Receiving the statutory authority was the first hurdle and the Society now had to find the money to ensure its future.