At our 115th anniversary, there will be a charity fundraising. Our chosen charities are Bede House and Give Opportunity Global.


Bede House

Bede House is a local Southwark charity, with the flexibility to respond to the area’s changing needs. Since 1938, they’ve been working to unlock new possibilities for young and old to live fuller lives, in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods in Britain.

They bring people from all walks of life together into a vibrant local community – for example supporting volunteers with a learning disability to visit their elderly housebound neighbours, providing company and practical support. Their friendly Centre offers a welcoming space for people with learning disabilities to make new friends and expand their horizons, as well as providing vital respite for carers. All of their activities, training, volunteering and employment programmes aim to build participants’ skills, confidence and independence.

They offer young people a special place outside home and school to find friendship and enjoy exciting activities. Their clubs, music studio and holiday adventures are a fun way to build confidence and realise potential, while their youth workers are ready to help when personal challenges arise.

Bede has also spent over 20 years helping those experiencing domestic abuse. Their multidisciplinary team offers one-to-one guidance, group programmes, counselling and access to legal assistance. Unlike mainstream services, they are able to continue until a solution is achieved.

Give Opportunity Global

Give Opportunity Global (GOG) is a volunteer-led NGO based here in London.  They support children to access education in Africa through building schools, classrooms and education sponsorship. In addition, they support women economic empowerment to alleviate poverty through micro-finance schemes.

So far, they have helped to build 5 schools, educated over 11,000 children to access education and some of the children have gone on to graduate as doctors, teachers, nurses, lawyers, administrators to mention but a few.

Further, they have uplifted over 3,050 women and youth out of poverty, through their economic empowerment projects. Entrepreneurship and innovation are at the heart of their mission to empower women as one of the main actors to address the inequalities and achieve UN Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to end poverty.