In 1998 the WCIT Charity received an endowment of £5 million from the Shirley Foundation, which has been the enabler of the charity ever since.

It also enabled the purchase of 39a Bartholomew Close to serve as the Company’s Hall. A Celebration Lunch was held, at which the astronaut, Dr Buzz Aldrin, was guest of honour. A further £1 million was raised by the members to re-purpose and outfit the Hall.