Charities

We give time, energy and money to help good causes here and overseas.

St Michael and All Angels supports three chosen charities, each for a period of three years. This year we have supported them through our Lent Charities Appeal on our Virgin Money Giving page, and the Bedford Park Festival, and look forward to doing so with this year’s Christmas Charity Appeal. All donations and Gift Aid received as part of these campaigns, whether online or directly at St Michael’s, are divided equally between the three charities. Thank you for your support. We are currently selecting a new charity for the next three years. Read more here.

These are our 2021 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. In 2020 and 2021, we hosted The Upper Room Spring Lectures in St Michael & All Angels Church – this year with Clare Balding, Michael Frayn (photos below) and Jeremy Paxman, interviewed by Torin Douglas. Read more, watch them and donate here.

 

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. Its chair, Neil Mehta, spoke in the church on Charities Sunday in October 2021.
Photo, right: Neil Mehta and Nicola Floyd of WaterHarvest at Green Days weekend with Mark Critchlow, who raised thousands of pounds for them through swimming. Neil Mehta spoke in the church on Charities Sunday. WaterHarvest – February 2021 update

West London Welcome is our newest 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. 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 and have helped them set up a Chiswick support group which hosts a weekly community gathering (photo, left at the Chiswick House Kitchen Garden). Read about their new community centre and other news in their Autumn 2021 newsletter.

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

In normal times, these include the Charities Quiz Night in February; the Lent Appeal (including Lent lunches); Christian Aid Week in May; the Bedford Park Festival in June, including the charities stall on Green Days (the WaterHarvest team with cross-channel swimmer Mark Critchlow, above); 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 Bown Design & Build, who for several years organised an annual concert for our charities. We also support charities through Christian Aid Week in May, the Chiswick Book Festival in September and the Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in November. We have also done so through our Cards for Good Causes shop in the run-up to Christmas but they are no longer supporting a shop in Chiswick.

In 2020, we raised over £18,600 for charities – and unlocked more for them in matched funding. Read more here
In 2019, unhampered by the pandemic, we raised over £41,000 for charities – and unlocked more for them in matched funding. Read more here.

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