The Mayor of Richmond upon Thames attended the launch of Hampton Fund at York House, Twickenham on 31 July.
For over 200 years Hampton Fuel Allotment Charity has been supporting the local community. Through careful stewardship of its funds, the charity provides over £2M each year to tackle need and improve quality of life for residents in the borough.
People on low income living in the Hamptons, Teddington, Twickenham and Whitton can apply to the annual Fuel Grant Scheme. Each year over 1,500 families and individuals are helped with the cost of their gas and electricity bills. In addition, 79 community grants to the value of £1.339M were awarded to local charities and community groups during our recent financial year.
Our new name will avoid confusion around the words ‘fuel’ and ‘allotment’. After all, we don’t give grants for petrol and we don’t have an allotment! In short, we are very keen to reach out to more people who may not be familiar with the help we give.
Cllr Nancy Baldwin, Mayor of Richmond upon Thames, said:
“Hampton Fund is one of our oldest local charities and one of our most important. I personally know of a number of families who have gone to the charity when they have needed help. Not one family was turned away.
“This new name marks a new chapter in the Charity’s history. It will reach out to new audiences, embrace modern technology and create stronger, thriving communities.
“The work of Hampton Fund is needed more than ever, and I wish Hampton Fund all the very best for the future.”
The event was also attended by Clare Lawrence, Director of OK Music Trust; and Mandy Tottman, a Volunteer & Trustee at Home-Start. Both Clare and Mandy spoke about the invaluable support Hampton Fund has provided for their work over many years . Both charities have been chosen to be the Mayor's charities for this year.
We are pleased to report a record spend in June, making the total for our financial year of 79 community grant awards at a cost of c. £1,339,000.
Based in Whitton, Homelink is a registered charity providing high quality nurse-led specialist day care for older people who have a long-term illness, disability or mental health concern. A £30,900 grant will pay towards the salary for a full-time Care Support Co-ordinator and associated costs. The new post will provide much-needed support to carers in our area of benefit. An additional grant of £35,000 will pay towards a fully accessible minibus, to be used for transporting clients to Homelink and providing outings for carers.
3rd Whitton Scout Group received £10,000 towards the costs of the repairs to the roof of the Scout Hut, cladding and fire doors; and the replacement of all the windows. The Scout Hut is a community resource supporting up to 160 children and young people each week.
Marble Hill Playcentres received £25,000 to enable the charity to submit a full planning application for a new community hub in Marble Hill Park. It’s an important step towards transforming the existing site, providing a home for Marble Hill Playcentres, OK Music Trust and Skylarks. It will be a centre for excellence, an important resource for local families and children, particularly supporting families where there is a child or children with additional needs.
Richmond Homes & Lifestyle Trust received £17,500 towards the cost of the rent for the People Hive in Health Road, Twickenham. A second grant of £15,100 will pay for the salary for employing a Co-ordinator as part of a pilot project to increase work experience and employment opportunities for people with learning disabilities. The charity supports over 150 adults with learning disabilities.
We are now accepting fuel grant applications for our Individual Grants Panel Meeting in November 2019. The deadline date for applications is Friday 25 October 2019.
If you are thinking of changing fuel suppliers and would like to benefit from our fuel grants please contact us before switching over. This is because we are unable to work with all the suppliers in the market. Currently we only work with the following companies: British Gas, Co-operative Energy, EDF, EON, Npower, Scottish Power, SSE (Southern Electric) and Utility Warehouse. If you would like to know more, please call us on: 020 8941 7866.