Charity and Community
Throughout 2016 to 2017 we hosted fundraising dinners for Action Against Hunger, Farms not Factories and Cook for Syria. We were also privileged to work alongside Hub Dot, The Avenues in W10 as well as offer a multitude of donations to local organisations and schools, from Clink Charity, School Food Matters, Riding for the Disabled, The Holly Lodge Centre in Richmond Park, The National Garden Scheme, The Victoria Foundation, Ham and Petersham SOS, The Ham and Petersham Sea Scouts, The Russell School in Petersham, to name but a few.
Our chosen charity for 2018 is The Resurgence Trust, a UK-based educational charity that has become the flagship voice of the environmental movement across the globe:
“Our mission is to inspire each other to help make a difference and find positive solutions to the global challenges we now face. To do this, we publish Resurgence & Ecologist magazine, run The Ecologist website and host regular events – not just to share our collective concerns about climate change, social justice and ethical living but find solutions. The magazine, two websites and our events provide a forum for information and debate on key environmental and social issues across the globe.”
We will be hosting a fundraising dinner for The Resurgence Trust at our new site in Covent Garden this autumn.
For 2018 we will also be focusing on supporting:
- The Gaia Foundation a wonderful organisation that works to revive bio-cultural diversity to regenerate healthy ecosystems and to strengthen community self-governance for climate change resilience. We will be hosting a fundraising dinner, which will include a number of influential speakers on environmental causes and awareness.
- Action Against Hunger, who for almost 40 years across nearly 50 countries have led the global fight against hunger.
- Cook for Syria, the supper club movement that became a global movement to raise much needed money for Unicef’s Children of Syria Fund.
- Refettorio Felix at St Cuthbert’s, that fights against food waste in support of social inclusion and individual well-being. In conjunction with The Felix Project Petersham Nurseries will host one of four charity dinners at Refettorio Felix.
With our new city location we have chosen two homeless charities to support: The Connection at St Martin in the Fields, who help over 4500 homeless people in London a year recover from the trauma of homelessness and Rhythms of Life, a secular charity whose aim is to provide healthy and nutritious meals, as well as toiletries, clothing and sleeping bags to London’s homeless.
Further to our charitable efforts, community engagement is vital to how we operate. In Richmond we once again look forward to developing our relationships with local schools and charitable organisations. Already this year we welcomed back students from Paddock School for their work experience, as well as planting seedlings with the children of the Petersham Kish Kindergarten. We will continue to reach out to host gardening workshops for local schools, support Petersham Village in Bloom and Petersham Open Gardens on 3rd June. The money raise from the open gardens is split between Petersham Environment Trust, Petersham and Ham Sea Scouts and The Vineyard.
Finally, or community engagement program extends this year, as we introduce a resident strategy for the neighbours of both our sites. We look to build relationships, start conversations, extend priority bookings and share residential offers.