Battersea United Charities (1641) - Otherwise known as 'The Non-Apprenticing Charities', this is the original charity created in 1938 by the merger of 12 old charitable trusts. It administers the John Banks Pensions, paid to ten pensioners (5 women and 5 men) from Battersea, and the Henry Smith bequest, which adds to funds we raise each year to purchase food parcels for pensioners from across Battersea at Christmas, which are distributed at a specially hosted event at Battersea Arts Centre (the old Battersea Town Hall). Beyond these activities, the charity is focused on the elderly and general relief of need for individuals in Battersea.
John Edmonds’ Charity (1708) - It is primarily used for educational purposes for individuals aged under 25. It is used to make grants for school clothing; educational journeys; help with fees, equipment and books; travelling expenses and any other educational purpose at the discretion of the Trustees.
The Charlotte Despard Charity (1960) - Charlotte Despard was a former Alderman of the Battersea Borough Council in 1920. This is used to help older women train to return to work, although “older” has been stretched to include any women over the age of 25 and therefore unable to benefit from the John Edmonds Fund, The Charity was boosted by a bequest from the late Douglas Jay, a former Battersea Member of Parliament.
The Wingrove Harrison Fund (1945) - Fred Wingrove was a former Battersea Councillor whose family donated the original gift. This was supplemented in 1990 by money collected by friends and colleagues of the late Herbert Harrison, a friend of Fred Wingrove and fellow Battersea and Wandsworth Councillor. Herbert was Chairman of Trustees of Battersea United Charities for 17 years. His son Herbert succeeded him as Chairman, and he was followed by his wife Mrs Lilian Harrison who was Chairman of the Trustees until January 2006 and thereafter Honorary President. The use of the fund is at the discretion of the Trustees.
The Mayor’s Fund (1994) - Councillor Beryl Jeffery established this fund in her year of office as Mayor of Wandsworth, by a donation of one third of her mayoral charity appeal. This fund is used to supplement the Christmas parcel fund or for other purposes at the discretion of the Trustees.
serving the people of battersea since 1641
Battersea United Charities
Benefactors whose Trusts form Battersea United Charities
Henry Smith, Battersea Share (1641)
John Edmonds (1708)
John Banks (1716)
Ann Cooper (1720)
Rebecca Wood (1796)
Anthony Francis Haldimand (1815)
John Parvin (1820)
Thomas Ashness (1827)
Mssrs Bush & Perkins (1828)
John Conrad Rapp (1834)
John Charles Constable (1849)
Battersea Lammas Hall (1858)
Henry Juer (1879)
Edward Dagnall (1882)
Ashley William Graham Allen (1893)
Arthur Sykes (1919)
Charles Barrington (1945)
Fred Wingrove & Herbert Harrison (1945-90)
Charlotte Despard (1960)
Past-Mayor Beryl Jeffery (1994)
Douglas Jay – Baron Jay of Battersea (1996)
Above: Henry Smith's Memorial inside All Saints' Church, Wandsworth