The Madelungs Deformity Charity Constitution

Madelungs Deformity Charity, also known as Madelungs Awareness and madelungsawareness.org, has been set up to help those with Madelungs. Madelungs Deformity is a developmental abnormality of the wrist. It is characterized by anatomic changes in the radius, ulna, and carpal bones, leading to palmar and ulnar wrist subluxation.

AIMS

To promote and protect the physical and mental health of those with Madelungs Deformity throughout the United Kingdom, and further afield, through the provision of support, education and practical advice. This shall be in the form of support and advice not normally provided by the statutory authorities.

To advance the education of both the general public, and those within the medical profession, in all areas relating to Madelungs Deformity. This shall include, but is not limited to, the publications of newsletters, leaflets, and the provision of a website hub for all relevant information and resources.

POWERS

To further these aims the committee shall have power to:

(a) Obtain, collect and receive money or funds by way of contributions, donations, grants and any other lawful method towards the aims of the Group.

(b) Associate local authorities, voluntary organisations and as well all other relevant bodies within the United Kingdom in a common effort to carry out the aims of the Group.

(c) Do all such lawful things as will further the aims of the Group.

MEMBERSHIP

(a) Voting membership shall be open to anyone over the age of 16 who supports the aims of the group.

(b) The Management Committee shall have the power to approve or reject applications for membership or to terminate the membership of any member provided that the member shall have the right to be heard by the committee before a final decision is made.

(c) All membership data shall be kept in accordance with the Data Protection Act 1998.

MANAGEMENT

(a) A Management Committee elected annually at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) shall manage the Group.

(b) The committee shall consist of a chair, secretary, and the treasurer.

(c) The committee shall meet at least six times each year.

(d) At least 2 committee members must be present at a committee meeting to be able to make decisions.

(f) A proper record of all transactions and meetings shall be kept.

GENERAL MEETINGS

(a) An Annual General Meeting shall be held within 12 months of the date of the adoption of this constitution and each year thereafter.

(b) Notices of the AGM shall be published three weeks beforehand and a report on the Group’s financial position for the previous year will be made available at the same time to members.

(c) A Special General Meeting may be called at any time at the request of the committee. A notice explaining the place, date, time and reason shall be sent to all members three weeks beforehand.

(d) Two thirds of membership or two members being present, whichever is the greater, shall enable a General Meeting to take place.

(e) Proposals to change the constitution must be given in writing to the secretary at least 28 days before a general meeting and approved by a two thirds majority of those present and voting.

ACCOUNTS

(a) The funds of the group including all donations, contributions and bequests, shall be paid into an account operated by the management committee. All cheques drawn on the account must be signed by at least two members of the Management Committee.

(b) The funds belonging to the group shall be applied only to further the aims of the group.

(c) A current record of all income, funding and expenditure will be kept.g up Voluntary and Community Group

DISSOLUTION

(a) The Group may be dissolved by a resolution passed by a simple two-thirds majority of those present and voting at a Special General Meeting.

(b) If confirmed, the committee shall distribute any assets remaining after the payment of all bills to other charitable group(s) or organisation(s) having aims similar to the Group or some other charitable purpose(s) as the Group may decide.