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.

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Hammersmith United Charities Response to Coronavirus (COVID-19)

In line with Government advice, Hammersmith United Charities has invoked our Business Continuity Plan and implemented a new operating model focussed on keeping the residents of our Almshouses, our team, contractors and partners safe and well during the Coronavirus pandemic. (more…)

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The City Bridge Trust awards £180,000 for the development of UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham

The City Bridge Trust, the City of London Corporation’s charitable funder, has awarded £180,000 to Hammersmith United Charities for the development of UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham as a place-based giving in the diverse London borough. The project links those who want to support the community with local causes in-need that will best use their investment.

The grant will be released over five years (£47,000; £43,000; £37,000; £31,000; £22,000) with a focus on core funding.

Dhruv Patel, chairman of the City of London Corporation’s City Bridge Trust Committee, said: “At a time when public finances continue to be under significant strain, place-based giving schemes like UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham are playing a really important role in tackling disadvantage in London.

“By using their grassroots knowledge of the issues which matter to local people and matching those who want to  help their community with causes in need of support, they’re doing a fantastic job of building stronger communities and helping to make the borough a fairer place in which to live and work.”

Victoria Hill, CEO of Hammersmith United Charities said “We are grateful for the support of the City Bridge Trust to further our mission to revive the spirit of local philanthropy in partnership with Dr Edwards and Bishop King’s Fulham through the creation of UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham.

“It will help continue the work that has already reached tens of thousands of people in need and bring people together to make Hammersmith and Fulham a borough where everyone thrives.”

Kevin McGrath DL OBE, Chair of UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham, said “This grant from the City Bridge Trust means we can further important work to make our London borough a fairer place in which to work and live.

“We call for local individuals, businesses and institutions to partner with us through our activities, to ensure that local causes which are most in-need, such as homelessness, isolation, health inequality and racial disparity, are recognised and responded to in the most effective way possible.”

The City Bridge Trust, which was founded in 1995, gives £25m a year to charities fighting inequality and disadvantage in London.

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Black Lives Matter

We stand in solidarity with those making their voices heard in the fight against systemic racism.

Hammersmith United Charities stands in solidarity with those making their voices heard in the fight against systemic racism.

As a community charity in one of the most diverse areas of the UK, valuing equality and diversity is central to the way we work and we are committed to the fight against racism and prejudice.

We have a duty to the Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic people living in our Almshouses or working alongside us in our staff team, board and community partners to speak up. We want to let them know that we stand with them and against injustice and intolerance.

We believe that to be silent is to be complicit and so Hammersmith United Charities says with one voice that Black Lives Matter.

 


June 5th 2020: Tonight at 10pm Hammersmith & Fulham Council will be lighting Hammersmith Town Hall purple as H&F takes the knee and says with one voice that Black Lives Matter. Full statement from H&F Leader Stephen Cowan:

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Grants Awarded April 2020

Hammersmith United Charities Coronavirus Crisis Funding

We are proud of our grantees’ heroic response to the coronavirus crisis. Our community has acted swiftly to find radical new ways to support local vulnerable people whilst observing social distance rules; ramped up capacity to cope with a massive surge in demand; and, showed courage and commitment in the face of frightening and uncertain circumstances.

In April 2020 the Trustees were pleased to award the following grants in response to the coronavirus crisis.

The next award of grants is due in September 2020, further details will be published closer to the time. Please keep an eye on the grants section of our website.

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H&F CAN and UNITED Community fund

UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham has launched a Coronavirus (Covid-19) Community Fund for local non profit organisations. Find all the information and the link to the online application form: (more…)

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