Charity and Community
Throughout 2016 and 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.
For 2018 we turn our focus to charities which support the homeless across Richmond and Covent Garden primarily supporting the Vineyard Community Centre in Richmond and The Connection at St Martin in the Fields.
Close to the heart of Richmond-Upon-Thames, The Vineyard Community Centre was opened in 2012 to meet the needs of the poorest and most vulnerable in our community. The Centre offers: drop-in crisis clinics; a community café and Foodbank, along with training in social enterprise and community nursing.
Petersham Nurseries’ owners, Francesco and Gael Boglione, open their own private garden to the public to raise funds for The Vineyard Centre. Click here to find out more about the Petersham House Open Garden events this summer.
Located in the heart of central London, St Martin’s helps over 4,000 homeless people in London each year recover from the trauma of homelessness, working around the clock to provide immediate relief from homelessness and long-term support leading to housing, work and independence.
For 2018, we will also be 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 in the autumn, which will include a number of influential speakers on environmental causes and awareness.
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.
The Resurgence Trust, a UK-based educational charity that has become the flagship voice of the environmental movement across the globe, by hosting a fundraising dinner for The Resurgence Trust at our new site in Covent Garden this autumn.
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, the charity School Food Matters, supporting the village of Petersham’s entry in Britain in Bloom.
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.