Our charity work

The charity part of the Company, the Plumbers Charity, strives to change lives for the better in everything we do.

Our vision is to promote better plumbers better plumbing, better health and better lives. We do this by supporting plumbing education, training and development and the promotion of the ‘craft of plumbing’.

These children now have clean water and sanitation from Village by Village, a charity your donations are supporting.

We are also focussed on making a real difference for people both in the United Kingdom and in developing countries through our support of projects that improve the provision of clean water, sanitation, improve public health and community welfare.

In recognition of being in the City of London, we also support educational and charitable activities within, or related, to the City.

Some highlights of our charity work include:

Mercy Ships

Mercy Ships, who provide healthcare services on board their specially designed ship, a hospital on the sea, in developing countries. Please click here to read Kadiato’s story, a great example how your donations are helping to change lives for the better. Our charity sponsors the on-board plumber who not only maintains all of the vital services aboard the ship but also gets involved in water-based projects ashore when the ship is providing its medical services.

As part of our support for Mercy Ships in 2019, we received regular updates from Chris, the on-board plumber, on the work he carried out. Please click on the links below to read these interesting updates:

Chris’ June 2019 update

Chris’ July 2019 update

We will be posting more updates in 2020 from the on-board plumber, once he rejoins the ship.

You can also see a short video on Mercy Ships’s work by clicking on the picture.


Click on the picture above to see a short film about Aquabox. Through our support we are providing 100 emergency water filters via Aquabox, who respond to natural disasters across the globe. We are proud to be able to support this charity, and our support will give 50 million litres of clean water across the lifecycle of the filters we have funded.

The Aquaboxes distributed not only contain a water filter but other vital supplies for those in most desperate need. You will see from the photos, our Company logo on a shipment just about to head out to help families where they have no clean water – a real sign of your charity contributions making a real difference to those in need!

In January 2020, Aquabox have a shipment of filters on their way to Yemen and The Philippines in response to Typhoon Ursula. In February they will also be sending relief shipments to The Gambia and Nepal – so our support is really helping to transform lives.

Read Aquabox’s December 2019 newsletter to see the great work they are doing around the world.


Village by Village:

We support Village by Village, a charity that provides clean water and sanitation for villages across Ghana, not only are drinking water and sewage facilities built but also essential training on the maintenance of the facilities and basic hygiene training are provided.

Details of our Charity can be found on the Charity Commissioner’s website, charity number 800043.


We are supporting WaterAid specifically for one of their priority projects in Nepal, a country which is home to some of the most extreme landscapes on earth, making it difficult to reach people with clean water, decent toilets and good hygiene.

WaterAid’s three-year programme aims to bring long-lasting basic services to the communities in Dolakha, a district hugely affected by climate change, and one of the least developed areas in the country.

Our grant is contributing to the sustainability of this specific Nepalese project by enabling WaterAid to set up community water committees as well as provide training for plumbers to maintain the new water systems.

The project aims to reach 6,000 people with clean water in their homes and a further 2,000 children at school.

We are proud to support WaterAid with this project where their experience demonstrates their ability to deliver effective change and that when a community gets clean water for the first time, it creates a powerful ripple, saving lives and improving people’s health, education and livelihoods.

Download WaterAid’s latest update report from the Nepal project.

Building Heroes

We are working in partnership with other members of the Construction Livery Group to support an excellent charity called Building Heroes. Please click on their logo above to visit their excellent website.

They are a small charity who provide military veterans, ex service personnel and their families with the training required for a rapid transition into the construction sector, when they leave the forces.

They work in collaboration with five colleges who utilise their resources and expertise to deliver the training, whilst Building Heroes concentrate on the recruitment, mentoring, support, welfare and progression of the learners.

Building Heroes aim to bridge the gap from leaving the military to employment by re-skilling ex-service personnel and supporting their onward progression. Their programme equips them with basic skills, which allow them to progress directly into employment or self-employment and provides the foundation for further up-skilling into a specialist construction trade such as plumbing.

It will also in the initial stages, should the learner choose plumbing, enable the individuals to be effective more rapidly as they will not have to learn the basics of new skills on the job, as plumbing, especially in the domestic setting, always involves more than just plumbing skills.

The course is an intensive five-week foundation course providing a Level 1 City and Guilds qualification in Construction Skills and includes the following:

  • Domestic Plumbing
  • Health safety and welfare in construction, including CSCS training and examination
  • Brickwork, blockwork, rendering, plastering
  • Painting and decorating, tiling
  • Asbestos Awareness (either classroom or on-line learning and test)
  • Carpentry/joinery
  • Routine maintenance tasks (e.g. locks, guttering)

In 2017 they trained 150 personnel 90% of which progressed into employment, self-employment or further training.



The present trustees are Past Master Charles Yuill (Chairman), Past Masters  Steve Hodkinson and Robert Burgon, Assistants Charles Brooks and Janet Rivers, Past Steward Michael Cooper and Liverymen James Dalton and Jamie Fisher.  Once selected, trustees generally serve for five years.  Together they bring a wide experience of the trade and the City. The secretary to the Trustees is Clive Sofaer.


Affiliated and Supported Charities

Plumbing Related

Plumbers’ Museum Workshop Trust, Amberley Museum, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex. There is also a static display at the Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, West Sussex

RN, Army and RAF Top Apprentices Awards

Gold and Silver Medal and Other Potential Annual Awards for Plumbing Trainees and Colleges.

City Related

Richmond Sea Cadet Unit.

Sheriffs’ and Recorder’s Fund.

Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Student Grant support

The Lord Mayors’ Appeal

Could we also help you?

For requests to the Charity write to or telephone the Clerk, Adrian Mumford, Worshipful Company of Plumbers, Carpenters’ Hall, 1 Throgmorton Avenue, London EC2N 2JJ Tel: 020 7628 8880

Interested in becoming a member

If you would like to find out more about joining the Plumbers click on the link below

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