St Michael and All Angels Church, Bedford Park

Charity Giving

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 2012

- supported in our Lent Appeal, Quiz Supper, the Bedford Park Festival (June 16 to July 1) and Advent Calendar & Christmas Appeal

This year St Michael & All Angels devoted its charitable activity, throughout the year, to three charities:

  • The Upper Room, 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.
  • Hamlin Fistula UK, a charity which provides medical expertise, curative surgery and preventative midwifery services in Ethiopia to women suffering from birth injuries. As well as raising money, we are encouraging people to knit blankets for the women receiving treatment there. You can download the pattern here.
  • CEDARS posterand CEDARS, a charity with a consciously Christian ethos, dedicated to improving the lives of disadvantaged children in and around Chiswick. CEDARS provides a safe place for young people to congregate, with a range of activities designed to develop confidence and life skills. This is the first time we have been involved with CEDARS and there will be many opportunities for volunteers.

Chiswick Book Festival charities for 2012

St Michael & All Angels also runs - and hosts - the Chiswick Book Festival every September. Like the Bedford Park Festival it is a non-profit-making, community event. It raises money for the three charities below, all related to reading:

In 2012 we gave £2,000 to each of these charities, and a further sum to St Michael & All Angels for its Organ and Parish Rooms Appeal.

St Michael's Advent Calendar &
Christmas Appeal 2012

St Michael's Advent Calendar helps raise money for our annual Christmas Appeal. In 2012 the works were created by 24 children from St Michael's and the two schools which use St Michael's Parish Hall, Chiswick & Bedford Park and Orchard House.

This is its 10th anniversary - here are pictures from the 2002 calendar.