Charities

People at St Michael’s devote time and energy to helping good causes at home and overseas.

St Michael and All Angels supports three chosen charities, each for a period of three years. You can donate to them online via our Virgin Money Giving page.

These are our 2020 charities:

The Upper Room is a front-line charity working with socially and economically disadvantaged people in West London. They work with people who are experiencing homelessness – including those at risk of homelessness. Providing 26,000 meals a year, as well as clothing and toiletries, the Upper Room offers a safe and warm environment in the short-term, while providing support to help people rebuild their lives in the long-term. Photo: Dame Darcey Bussell speaking at St Michael & All Angels: The Upper Room Winter Lectures 2020

WaterHarvest is a small UK-registered charity working in the remote and arid villages of rural India, where communities are still struggling to survive without running water. Our project is to install ‘taankas’ to harvest the monsoon rains and thus provide a sustainable year-round supply of safe water for the poorest of the poor in the state of Rajasthan.

West London Welcome is our new charity – a free drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have settled in West London and the wider London area, providing them with the access to the services and support they need to lead full lives within their local community. (See some of their team and volunteers below, at the St Michael’s Charities Quiz Night). Above all it is a place of welcome and acceptance for families and individuals.
As well as raising money for them, we have pledged to find volunteers to help their work over the next three years. See how you can help via this page or download the leaflet.

All donations and Gift Aid received as part of this campaign, whether online or directly at St Michael’s, are divided equally between the three charities. Thank you for your support.

The charities group co-ordinates our giving at St Michael’s at events throughout the year.

These include the Charities Quiz Night in February (above); the Lent Appeal (including Lent lunches); Christian Aid Week in May; the Bedford Park Festival in June, including the charities stall on Green Days (tthe WaterHarvest team with cross-channel swimmer Mark Critchlow, below); Charities Sunday; and our Christmas Charity Appeal, with carol-singing at Turnham Green tube station. We get great support for our charities from local businesses, who sponsor the Bedford Park Festival and provide matched-funding, and in particular the Chiswick branch of Barclays Bank and Bown Design & Build, who organise an annual concert for our charities in November. We also support charities through the Chiswick Book Festival in September and through our Cards for Good Causes stall in the run-up to Christmas.

If you would like to find out more about how get involved, please contact John Clark via the Parish Office.

In 2019, we raised over £41,000 for charities – and unlocked more for them in matched funding. Read more here.