The 2022 Bedford Park Festival will raise money for the work of St Michael and All Angels and its chosen charities, with the active support of the community and dozens of local businesses.
The Festival is still true to the spirit in which it was established more than 50 years ago: celebrating the arts, raising money for repairs and cherishing our community. This year's charities are: The Upper Room, West London Welcome and Swinfen Telemedicine. Read more about them below.
Like so many organisations, all of our charities have been hit by the COVID situation and are in greater need of our help than ever, so please be generous in your support.
We dedicate this year's Charities stall on Green Days to the memory of Roger Swinfen, who founded our newest charity, Swinfen Telemedicine.
Roger Swinfen had been working with and for people with disabilities since 1982, particularly with his work in the British Parliament in order to improve legislation for the disabled community. In 1992 he and his wife Patricia were invited to visit the Centre for Rehabilitation of the Paralysed in Bangladesh and it was here that Patricia, a trained Nurse, realised that greater help was needed to support those in need in the developing world.
In 1995 they met Professor Richard Wootton, then head of the Institute of Telemedicine and Telecare at Queens University Belfast, Northern Ireland and the germ of an idea was sown. Professor Wootton visited CRP in 1998 and agreed to set up a pilot study into a telemedical link between a remote hospital and a group of consultants working in more up-to-date hospitals.
Roger gave the opening address at the 6th world conference on Telemedicine at the Royal Society of Medicine in November 1998. Read more on the charity's Timeline.
Registered Charity No. 1133805
St Michael & All Angels Church, Bedford Park, which has organised the Bedford Park Festival since it began in 1967, is itself a charity. It is a beautiful and welcoming church at the heart of the community in Chiswick, close to Turnham Green station. It was built by the architect Norman Shaw 140 years ago as a focal point of the Bedford Park estate, for the worship of Almighty God and to serve the needs of the community.
Our mission is to share the experience of the love of God in Jesus Christ with all people through worship, education and service. The annual Bedford Park Festival is a central part of St Michael's work in the community, together with the Chiswick Book Festival in September.
Our services are open to the public every day under COVID-19 restrictions. You can join our 11am service every Sunday here on our Facebook page - you do not have to have or join Facebook to watch them!
Registered Charity No. 1004354
The Upper Room is a local charity based in W12 and working with the homeless, with economic migrants and with ex-offenders. It aims to give them the self confidence and support they need to become economically independent.
At the heart of the Upper Room - in normal circumstances - is its meal service which provides nutritious evening meals five days a week. Free toiletries, bedding and clothing are offered when available and help is on hand for onward referrals for health, housing and benefits advice.
In addition, the Upper Room has two other projects. UR4Driving offers ex-offenders the chance to obtain a driving licence, making it easier to get work in the distribution industry, and reducing the risk of re-offending. UR4Jobs gives the homeless and unemployed, especially those from Central and Eastern Europe, the chance to join a multilingual and personalised programme of support, to help them with entry level skills training and access to work.
Registered Charity No. 1183261
West London Welcome is our newest charity – a free drop-in centre for refugees, asylum seekers, and migrants who have settled in West London and the wider London area, providing them with the access to the services and support they need to lead full lives within their local community. Above all it is a place of welcome and acceptance for families and individuals.
As well as raising money for them, we have pledged to find volunteers and equipment to help their work over the next three years.
Registered Charity No. 1077879
Swinfen Telemedicine (Swinfen Charitable Trust) is a Platform for Communicating Health Care Worldwide and the new overseas charity at St Michael & All Angels. On a pro bono basis, it gives access to specialist medical expertise for doctors and nurses working in remote regions of the world. Read more on its website. Funding from St Michael & All Angels, over three years, will allow Swinfen to upgrade its App and maintain its technology platforms, facilitating broader reach and more effective (and reliable) communications with medics on the front line.
We encourage charities, particularly those who are locally based, to take a stall on the Sunday of Green Days. This is a great opportunity to share information about their charity, raise some funds and perhaps recruit some volunteers. Many will be here on Sunday June 12th and we will be sharing their information on social media.