Throughout the year, people at St Michael & All Angels devote considerable time and energy to charitable work. We’re very grateful to all those who help us raise money for a range of charities, at home and overseas. A list of charities we've supported in recent years can be found on the Links page.
St Michael & All Angels' Charities for 2015
Fergal Keane charity chosen for support by St Michael & All Angels
A charity set up by the BBC correspondent and Chiswick resident Fergal Keane to help the people of Rwanda has been chosen by St Michael & All Angels as its overseas charity for the next three years. Msaada (the name means 'help' in Swahili) was founded by Fergal to help restore dignity to the forgotten victims of the Rwandan genocide. The charity provides high quality dairy cows in calf, along with full training and veterinary support, to people who are living below the poverty line. (See below).
This year St Michael & All Angels will devote its charitable activity, throughout the year, to these three charities:
- The Upper Room (right) 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.
- The Mulberry Centre,
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.
- Msaada Leslie Lyle, the 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. Msaada really impressed us with this simple but sustainable approach to helping Rwanda's forgotten genocide survivors."
They will be supported in our Lent Appeal, Quiz Supper, the Bedford Park Festival (June 13 to 28 2015) and Advent Calendar & Christmas Appeal.
Charity giving in previous years
St Michael & All Angels’ charity payments in 2014
St Michael & All Angels’ charity payments in 2013
St Michael & All Angels’ charity payments in 2012
St Michael & All Angels' charity payments in 2011
St Michael & All Angels' charity payments in 2010
St Michael & All Angels' charity payments in 2009
St Michael & All Angels' charity payments in 2008
St Michael & All Angels' charity payments in 2007
Fairtrade and St Michael & All Angels