In 1618, Dr Thomas Edwards made a gift of £20 for the immediate benefit of the poor of Fulham and left £100 to buy land for their longer term benefit. In 2018, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of that gift – from which was to come so much more.

400th Anniversary

In 2018, we celebrate the 400th anniversary of that gift – from which was to come so much more. Two years later – in1620 – Bishop King left another £20 for the poor of Fulham to be bestowed upon them in “bread, beef and money”. The parish overseers of the poor asked Bishop King’s widow if they could add this bequest to the earlier one and established the principle of bringing together generous gifts to the parish which has enabled trustees over four centuries to make more effective use of these gifts, continuing to relieve need in our local area. We explain some of that tradition and the story of how Dr Edwards and Bishop Kings’ Fulham charity subsequently gave rise to Hammersmith United Charities too in the history section of this website.

In this 400th year, Hammersmith United Charities are looking to achieve these things;

  • Firstly, we want to celebrate the diversity of our Area of Benefit and its rich cultural heritage which makes it so distinctive and so vibrant. To do that, we are holding a series of “enigma lunches”. Each one will shine a spotlight on one of the specific communities within our Area. At these lunches we will relaunch a publication first made in the 1980s recounting the memories of migrants to Hammersmith from that area. We will also bring that community together with others to see what spontaneous conversation we might achieve; and we will use the arts to get the conversation going.
  • Our second objective is to celebrate talent and enthusiasm wherever it might lie. Under the banner of the Festival of Joy, we will focus this year as much on the positives in the Area of benefit as on the issues and needs. We are supporting the borough’s first disability arts festival in partnership with Hammersmith and Fulham Arts fest and Turtlekey arts and the Lyric as well as many other local organisations including sponsors Stanhope.
  • We are also commissioning a new piece of dance from DanceWest to be performed by an older peoples’ dance company which will be shared at our main celebratory event on 6 July. We will focus on the joy of our gardens with a special “gardeners’ question time” event and we will bring joy to all local groups with an additional £50k in the grants budget.

And after 400 years, there has to be a big new idea. Watch this space for news of our new local giving scheme – 21st century philanthropy in the spirit of Dr Edwards and Bishop King and intended to make a deep and long an impact as their far sighted gifts did.

RESOURCES
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Hammersmith reflections

A blog written by our Trustees - this time Sam Deards

I joined Hammersmith United Charities as a trustee back in 2014 and since then have seen the charity grow and I have got to know intimately what the charity does and aims to do in the future.

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Our week

12th - 16th Feb

It’s Friyay! Before we all sign off to enjoy the weekend, have a look at what happened at HUC this week 🙂

On Monday, Lise from Alien Seas hosted a free lunch for elderly people supported by HUC

It was so lovely to host my second charity lunch for the elderly this afternoon👵🏻👵🏻👵🏻 I’ve started this initiative to…

Posted by Alien Seas Nutrition on Monday, 12 February 2018

 

Tuesday was Pancake Day and staff and residents made sure to celebrate it properly

But that wasn’t the only thing to celebrate because our sweet Tilly turned 8 years old on the same day – look how cute she is!!

Yesterday we had a great Staff Meeting (managing to get everyone in the same room on the same day is not easy!) where we also introduced our new intern Sarah that will be helping us during the next few months.

Last, but not least, UNITED in Hammersmith and Fulham just joined the social media fun! Go show them some love and follow them on Twitter! 😀

Now we want to know all about YOUR week! Follow us on Facebook and let us know what you were up to this week 🙂

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My Home Sycamore House

A Poem by Kitty

Every Monday, from January to March 2018, our residents at John Betts House and Sycamore House are enjoying a Relaxation and Mindfulness course organised by Open Age.

This course of simple relaxation techniques helps slowing heart rate, improving sleep quality, digestion, mood and concentration as well as reducing stress and much more… like, for example, increasing creativity! This definitely happened to Kitty, one of our residents at Sycamore House, who wrote this lovely poem inspired by one the sessions. We just had to share it with all of you!

If you are interested in more activities organised by Open Age, you can have a look at the list (link on the right) or visit their website.

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New Grants Deadline

The next grants deadline will be the 1st May!

The next deadline to send your grant application will be the 1st May.

Find our application form and entry requirements here.

Contact Melanie Nock if you would like to talk to us about your idea or your application.

We look forward to receiving your application!

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Enigma Lunches — What it is…

“As well as the 456,976 possible starting positions for any set of four wheels, this Enigma machine offers further variations in settings which means that there are 4,134 million possible ways in which it could be set up.” Alan Turing Institute, The British Library (more…)

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