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.
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.
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:
Click on the picture above to see a short film about Aquabox.
Through our ongoing support this year we are funding 200 emergency family 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 provide 100 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 sent 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 their latest newsletter from November 2020, Aquabox give us the updates on their work in Syria, Yemen and Nepal, as well as launching details of their Christmas Appeal. Amazingly they have supplied 170 million litres of clean water this year, which we have played a part in providing.
We have committed to supporting them for another year in 2021, so you will find the article ‘This is where your money goes’ interesting. You can also click on the photo below to view a moving video.
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.
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. You can read its “End of Year 2 Report” from the Nepal project here.
The NHS Livery Kitchen Initiative
We have been supporting this excellent initiative since the Spring of 2020. The scheme, in response to the COVID-19 Crisis, brought together the kitchens of the Drapers, Grocers, Fishmongers and Merchant Taylors Companies, as well as volunteers from the City caterer Party Ingredients, & provided 34,000 nutritious individually packed meals, prepared in livery hall kitchens and delivered to NHS staff in London.
The scheme has now shifted its focus on delivering meals to those in poor socio-economic backgrounds, largely in impoverished migrant communities in East and North London, who are particularly affected in the current pandemic crisis. In the latest update, from November 2020 over 50,000 meals had been provided through the combined efforts of many Livery Companies in the City.
We are proud to be one of 32 Livery Companies supporting this excellent initiative providing over 2000 meals each week, to those who need it most.
We also support this wonderful charity and during the COVID-19 pandemic, Providence Row have adapted their services primarily to serve the immediate needs of rough sleepers whilst maintaining support for clients vulnerable to homelessness. Their frontline staff are placing clients who are rough sleeping in supported housing all over East London & providing them with specialist ongoing support to ensure their health, safety and well-being are addressed during this time. Here is the link to the Providence Row website.
Affiliated and Supported Charities
Plumbers’ Museum Workshop Trust, Amberley Museum, Amberley, Arundel, West Sussex. The Trust was formerly based in the Court Barn at the Weald and Downland Museum, Singleton, West Sussex, which is now used as the “studio” for the BBC1 Programme “The Repair Shop”.
RN, Army and RAF Top Apprentices Awards
Gold and Silver Medal and Other Potential Annual Awards for Plumbing Trainees and Colleges.
Guildhall School of Music and Drama. Student Grant support
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 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Details of our Charity can be found on the Charity Commissioner’s website, charity number 800043.