Above: John Banks, benefactor

Above: St Mary's Battersea, on the river

Who We Are

Battersea United Charities combines and administers charities and funds that constitute a majority of old bequests and trusts set up by men and women from the old Parish of St Mary's Battersea, and later the Metropolitan Borough of Battersea, with a predominant focus on education, apprentices, the elderly and  support to alleviate need. Most of our benefactors' names are painted around the gallery inside St Mary's Church. The oldest of the charities dates from 1641.

In 1938 these old trusts, some very small, were united as a single charity established by a Scheme for the Regulation of the Battersea Charities, made by the Charity Commissioners. Since then, a few additional and separately registered charities have been added, and the scheme was varied by the Minister for Education in 1961. The most recent charity was added in 2003 - The Pettaugh Centre Association,  which had been set up by the Schools of Battersea in 1960.

With the exception of the Pettaugh Centre charity, all beneficiaries have to be resident within the bounds of the old Metropolitan Borough and Parish of Battersea. The Pettaugh Centre charity can help beneficiaries who attend Battersea Schools, even though they may live in another Borough, although there is a preference to support beneficiaries who live in the stipulated bounds of Battersea.

For more information about each charity's focus visit this page.

Current Trustees:​  

Philip Beddows (Chairman),  Stephen Willmett (Clerk), Caroline Usher (Vice Chairman),  Tim Woods (Treasurer),  Kate Sutcliffe,  Pamela O'Reilly,  Peter Barnshaw,  Sven Tester,  Tessa Strickland,  Tony Belton,  Canon Simon Butler - ex Officio (as Vicar of St. Mary's Battersea). 

serving the people of battersea since 1641