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The Hogarth youth centre in Chiswick has found a way to raise regular funds to support its youth programme, which provides after school activities for children and young people.

When you buy goods from Amazon you are able to select a charity: “Shop at smile.amazon.co.uk and we’ll donate to your favourite charitable organisation, at no cost to you.”

If you nominate the Hogarth Charitable Trust Company Limited, smile.amazon.co.uk will then donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to the Hogarth Centre.

Chiswick has pockets of poverty and children who do not have the opportunities of many of the better off families around them, for which the centre is a lifeline.

The Hogarth Centre used to be fully funded by LB Hounslow but have been forced to rely on fundraising for the past couple of years. So far this year they have managed to secure two grants from LB Hounslow and have received a cheque for £3,250 from Knights Brown, who are constructing the Barnes Bridge walkway.

They have received material donations from Goldman Sachs Gives, the Ledger Moulsdale Charitable Trust, the Good Luck Charitable Trust and the Batchworth Trust. The charity is also growing its network of ‘Friends’ who make regular donations. Launched mid-2019 the Friends initiative now has 250 people signed up to give regular financial support.

“We thank every individual, charity and LBH for their support which really makes a difference as we continue to recover from the financial consequences of Covid” said Chair of the Trust Fred Lucas.

“As you can tell, our success depends on the support from many kind spirited people and organisations in our local community. By working together, good things can happen.”

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Youth programme 2022

The Centre is pleased to say it has delivered almost 50 days of uninterrupted service to a growing number of participants in its Youth Programme so far this year.

“A very busy February four day Half Term programme was enjoyed by more than 75 young people. Compared to 2019, our last “normal” year pre-Covid, the first three months of 2022 has seen an encouraging increase of over 10%. In March members of the youth team are starting a more proactive outreach into some local deprived areas. We hope this will attract more youngsters to the Centre, especially as the days get longer and lighter.”

Wine tasting, raffle and auction – top offer dinner for four at La Trompette

They are now fundraising for the Summer Programme, which runs from 25 July to 18 August. They need £10,000 to run it and among the fun opportunities for raising money they are putting on a wine tasting with a raffle and an auction.

The wine tasting on Tuesday 14 June affords to opportunity to try eight wines chosen by wine expert  Tim Syrad (timsyradwines.com). Raffle prizes include fine wines, collectables, haircut vouchers and two day passes for the Hogarth Health Club.

Independently of the wine tasting you can bid at auction for a sumptuous VIP dinner for four people, generously donated by top Chiswick restaurant, La Trompette. Submit a single, sealed bid here and hope for the best.

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Looking for a venue for a birthday party?

What the Hogarth Centre has on its side is fantastic premises with well appointed facilities for all manner of recreational activities. It has a hall with a stage and gym facilities. Centre manager Dani Karas licenses space to small community orientated businesses.

More than 30 licensees have used the Centre in the first quarter of 2022 including Bulgarian Dance, the Rock Choir and Move into Wellbeing movement classes for people restricted movement. The centre still has some large hall spaces available for ad hoc events and is a good choice if you are looking for a venue for a birthday party.

“As Covid constraints diminish for many, the Charity’s operations are building back well. The Centre is abuzz with young people, community groups and licensees” says Fred Lucas.

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