Each year, St Michael’s commits to supporting two charities as part of our Christian duty to serve others. We give a proportion of our donated income to an international and a domestic charity, both nominated by members of the congregation. We also support organisations in other ways, such as by offering reduced rates to local charities and special collections for emergency appeals.
Our current charities are:
Richmond Borough Mind
Richmond Borough Mind is rooted in the local community and exists to meet local mental health needs. Through its various projects, staff and volunteers, it provides high quality, individually tailored services so people can live full lives and be connected to other people in their communities. Richmond Borough Mind works with others – from small local community groups to the Mental Health Trust – to minimise the impact of mental health problems and in partnership it aims to improve people’s experience of mental health services. In collaboration with local and national organisations, it raises awareness of the importance of mental health and recovery and tackle the discrimination faced by people who experience mental health problems. To find out more visit its website and watch the short video which showcases the various services offered to help people with mental health issues and their carers. Watch the video here: Welcome to Richmond Borough Mind.
Jeel al Amal
Jeel al Amal (Generation of Hope) school in Bethany, West Bank (2 years). Bethany was once home to Mary, Martha and Lazarus and only a “Palm Sunday” walk over the Mt of Olives from Jerusalem. The village is now in economic collapse, hidden from view behind the new Separation Security Wall. A beacon of light is the Jeel al-Amal (Generation of Hope) School and Boys Home. Founded in 1972 by Christian Palestinians, Alice and Basil Sahhar, the project is now under the direction of their daughter, Najwa. Three hundred children are being educated in the primary school which is affiliated to the Palestinian Education Authority and which pays the teachers’ salaries, and one hundred boys live in the Home. The boys come from Jerusalem and from towns and villages in the Palestinian territories. Many are orphans or have endured terrible domestic problems. St Michael’s parishioners learned of Jeel al Amal through pilgrimages to the Holy Land. More can be read here.