Our charity work

The Plumbers Charity, part of the Company, 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 Robert Burgon (Chairman), Past Master Steve Hodkinson, Assistants Charles Brooks and Janet Rivers, Past Steward Michael Cooper and Liverymen James Dalton, Jamie Fisher and John Mager.  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.

Our Charities

We are focussed on making a real difference for people both here 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.

We have set a target of donating a minimum of £60,000 in 2022 and would love to hear from you if you feel we can help you and your charity.

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!

Please click here to read the latest December 2021 newsletter update from Aquabox featuring their Christmas appeal. You will see that we are featured in the newsletter in the ‘Aquabox is supported by’ section on page 1!  This edition features news of how Aquabox is sending urgent aid across the globe to those devastated by human and natural disasters.

Aquabox filters provide effective protection against numerous water-borne diseases, and cholera is one the most feared and dangerous of those. The newsletter includes more information on the effects of cholera and how it is spread in the aftermath of disasters.

Also included is an update on how Aquabox is helping to reduce the problem of plastic pollution, as well as news of remarkable fundraising activities on behalf of Aquabox, and much more.

You can also click on the photo below to view a moving video:


St Edmunds Society

We are delighted to be supporting the St Edmunds Society (St Eds) in Norwich, in developing their plumbing and training facilities to create a student area for level 1 and level 2 plumbing courses, and the ongoing provision of training new plumbers.

St Eds works with disadvantaged and marginalised young people by providing recognised trade qualifications, so they become employable. And at the same time building their confidence and motivation so giving them a proper chance in life to achieve for themselves. It was established over 50 years ago. St Eds does not receive statutory direct funding. Funders also include The Worshipful Companies of Tylers and Bricklayers and The Clothworkers. We would also like to acknowledge the support of Monument Tools with this project.

You can discover more about St Eds on their website here: https://st-eds.org/

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.

Please click here to read the Village by Village August Update specifically created for our Charity donees.

Support received from The Plumbers Charity has been a vital lifeline during the last 18 months and helped to guarantee the survival of Village by Village, and the continuation of their projects throughout the pandemic crisis. Our donations are literally what keeps the lights on both in the UK and Ghana, keep all staff employed, multiple channel communications possible and ensuring the monitoring and evaluation of their projects to ensure oversight, learning and sustainability.


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

During the COVID pandemic we have supported the Livery Kitchen initiative, which brought together Livery Companies to provide nutritious individually packed meals, prepared in Livery Hall kitchens, and delivered to NHS staff in London.

During the project, which closed at the end of July 2021, over 160,000 meals were provided to four Barts Health NHS Trust hospitals and 16 deprived communities in East London.

We are proud to have been one of 32 Livery Companies who supported this excellent initiative providing over 2000 meals each week, to those who needed them most.

Providence Row

We continue to 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

Plumbing Related

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.

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 or email: charity@plumberscompany.org.uk

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

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