People at St Michael & All Angels devote considerable time and energy to charitable work, for a range of good causes, at home and overseas. Each year we support three charities in particular. In 2017, these were:
– The Upper Room, which helps the needy in Shepherds Bush;
– Msaada, which helps Rwanda’s forgotten genocide survivors; and
– The Amber Trust, which brings music to blind and partially sighted children, and became our new charity in 2017. The Amber Trust is a small charity which supports blind and partially sighted children across the UK to develop their musical ability and discover the life-changing potential of music. As well as fundraising, we have been developing musical links between the charity and the church in a way which is enriching us all.
The charities group co-ordinates our giving at St Michael’s through these regular events:
the Charity Quiz Supper in January; Lent Appeal; Christian Aid Week in May; the Bedford Park Festival in June (including the charities stall on Green Days); 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.
The first opportunity to support The Amber Trust, along with The Upper Room and Msaada, was the annual Quiz Supper (below), followed by the Hymnathon on March 3rd and 4th (at which 20 per cent of the money raised went to our charities). If you would like to find out more about how get involved, please contact John Clark via the Parish Office.
Love Music! concert, November 2016
At the second Love Music! concert, in November 2016, we had a great evening of great classical and popular music, in aid of the three St Michael’s charities – Msaada, The Mulberry Centre and The Upper Room. You can now see the video of the highlights, courtesy of Chiswickbuzz.com.
There was something for everyone, performed by professional and amateur local musicians, including:
– Peter Christie, founder member of Instant Sunshine – best known from BBC Radio 4’s Stop the Week – performing some of his best loved songs.
– TV presenter Debbie Flint, who performed as Sheena Easton in the Stars in Their Eyes TV show.
– Violinist Daphne Moody, performing with her professional cellist daughter Bryony
– Local builder Alistair Bown, playing the trumpet
– Well-known local jazz musician Eric Gilchrist, playing some of the great jazz standards with a group of fellow professional musicians.
– and Fr Fabrizio Pesce and Fr Edward Barlow singing a selection of songs – together and with tenor Graham Currie.
Thanks to everyone who joined us for an evening to remember for all music lovers – in aid of three very good causes!
Charity Giving in 2016
In 2016, St Michael’s raised a total of £23,540 for the following three charities, as well as £1,390 for Christian Aid:
Founded by the BBC correspondent and Chiswick resident Fergal Keane, to help Rwanda’s forgotten genocide survivors. Leslie Lyle, former chair of the charities group at St Michael’s, said: “This is a wonderful young charity. By providing families with an in-calf cow and appropriate training and support, Msaada offers them a sustainable future. The families not only benefit directly from the milk but can also sell their surplus milk and use the manure to improve agricultural yields, thus lifting their families out of poverty and achieving financial independence. The first female calf is donated to another family and so the cycle continues.”
A centre for the homeless and disadvantaged in West London, which provides meals and assistance with the search for employment and housing. We have a longstanding relationship with the Upper Room, and several members of St Michael’s are volunteers, helping to cook, serve and clear up. If you would like to join them, please contact the Parish Office on 020 8994 1380.
A drop-in centre in Isleworth, offering information and support to anyone affected by a diagnosis of cancer. It provides a holistic approach within a non-medical and welcoming environment. Based at the West Middlesex University Hospital but funded entirely from charitable donations, the centre was established in 2001 and became an independent charity in 2005.
If you would like to find out more about how get involved, please contact John Clark, chair of our Charities Group, via the Parish Office.