Hammersmith United Charities exists because of the generosity of Hammersmith’s more wealthy residents since 1618

History

In 1618, Dr Thomas Edwards gave £100 – which, according to the Bank of England, is worth about £10,000 in today’s money – to the poor of Fulham to buy them lands. Two years later, in 1620, Bishop John King, the then Bishop of London (after whom the main street in Hammersmith is named) donated £20 for a similar purpose. These two sums were added together and Dr. Edwards and Bishop King’s Fulham Charity was established. Much later, in 1834, the hamlet of Hammersmith became a separate parish to Fulham and, in 1863, the Charity Commissioners ordered that the income and assets from the combined Charities of Dr Edwards and Bishop King should be divided equally between a Fulham and Hammersmith branch; the latter being the “root” of Hammersmith United Charities.

Bishop John King

Other benefactors in the 17th Century, each of whom established his or her own individual Charity, included Edward Latymer (1624), William Payne (1626), Thomas Iles (1635), Thomas Collop (1645), Nathaniel Dauncer (1656) and Sir Nicholas Crispe (1665). In the 1700’s, Charities were established by Sarah Goudge (1759), John Powell (1773) and Henry Webb (1793) and, in the 1800’s, by the Waste Land Almshouses (1810), John Brown (1822), Peter Brown (1833), Mrs Harriet Clancy (1844), Dr John Betts (1859) and William Smith (1865). In the early 1900’s, bequests were made by Ellen Graves (1932) and Maria Eliza Morris (1948).

Sir Nicholas Crispe

Whilst the terms of each of our benefactors’ wills were different, the general thrust of each was either for the relief of poverty or the care and well-being of the elderly poor of Hammersmith and, in June 1923, the Charity Commissioners decreed that all the then individual Charities should amalgamate, under the title of Hammersmith United Charities. Subsequent governing trust instruments were issued in 1932, 1958, 1970, 1981 & 1982. In 1992, the Trustees applied to the Charity Commissioners for the addition to our objectives of the provision of an “Extra Care” branch and this request was incorporated in the Trust Deed of 14th July, 1992, the Charities’ current Governing Instrument.

 

New Grants Deadline – 30th September

The new deadline to apply for grants is the 30th September 2017. Find out here how to apply for grants and learn more about our criteria.

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September Newsletter 2017

The September Newsletter is here!

This September our Newsletter brings the news of what we have been up to this summer and introduces our new Logo!

We aim to bring you the Newsletter every couple of months and we would welcome your feedback.

We had an exciting summer and a grants deadline coming up.

Find out more at: Newsletter September 2017 

If you would like to subscribe to our Newsletter submit your email address under contact us.

 

 

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Sheltered Housing – Our waiting list is open!

The waiting list for both of our Schemes - John Betts House and Sycamore House is open! If you are interested in joining one of our schemes, find out more here....

Sycamore House and John Betts House offer quality sheltered housing in a safe and secure setting. Both houses are known for their beautiful, tranquil communal gardens and for the friendly community of residents who enjoy them.
Both houses have a communal lounge, laundry, internet access and a guest flat. Both are supported by full time scheme managers. Residents are welcome to take part in as much or as little of the regular social events programme as they choose; a regular newsletter keeps them informed of social opportunities in house and in the wid-er local community. Prospective residents should be:
  • Over 60
  • Have lived in the local area for at least five years or, if not currently resident in Hammersmith be able to show that they have lived in the area for 10 years or more over the course of their life
  • Be on a low income
For more information about our housing or to find out how to join the waiting list, please see our Housing page or call 02087414326.
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We are looking for Trustees

Do you want to make a difference locally?

This year we are looking for new trustees to ensure our board is in a strong position to embark on the next 400 years of serving the people of Hammersmith.

  • Are you good at asking questions and also listening?
  • Do you enjoy working together with others as a team?
  • Are you good at expressing your own views?
  • Do you want to make a difference locally?
  • Would you be interested in learning more about what the Charity does, and how you might be involved in shaping what we do?

If this inspires you, then have a chat with Jocelyn Ridley from JMR Consultants on 07976 395688 or email jocridley@jmrc.co.uk

 

 

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