Where any fund has been raised by voluntary contributions for the purpose of providing assistance in some specific form to disabled officers or men, or to the wives, civil partners, widows, surviving civil partners, children, or dependants of officers or men, and provision has been made for such assistance out of public moneys, the Secretary of State1 may, on the application of the trustees or managing body of the fund, after taking such steps as he thinks desirable for ascertaining the wishes of subscribers, make with the concurrence of such trustees or managing body an order authorising the fund
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