Chiswick Mutual Aid Group Feed the NHS

Huge response to Imperial Health Charity's urgent Covid-19 appeal

Izzy Francke, volunteer, promoting the drive
Izzy Francke, volunteer, promoting the drive


Sign up for our weekly Chiswick newsletter

Comment on this story on the

A group of Chiswick locals have organised a drive for donations for the NHS that has left the one of the beneficiaries ‘speechless’ with the extent of what has been gathered.

The Chiswick Mutual Aid group was formed in response to the coronavirus outbreak and this week they held an NHS donations drive in aid of Imperial Health Charity's Urgent Covid-19 appeal. The drive was organised by Eliza Grimond with administrative support from Philippa Griffin, Izzy Francke, Alyson Mitchell, Will Gibson, Samantha Burden and Laura Arthurton.

Hundreds of individuals and families from across Chiswick, Acton and Stamford Brook participated in the two-day drive, which ran from 1-5 pm on 18 and 19 April.

It was orchestrated in partnership with St Michael's Church on Elmwood and took place at the church centre. The organisers are particularly grateful to Sue White, the Churchwarden, for all her help and support during the two days.

The huge amount of donations given by local people
The huge amount of donations given by local people

The drive collected non-perishable food and toiletries for NHS workers and Covid-19 patients.. Donations will be used as care packages at on-site hospital wellness centres and stores for medical workers to visit for when they can't get to the shops.

They had contributions from local businesses including The Hogarth Health Club, the Clayton Hotel, As Nature Intended and the BP garage on South Parade.

Alessandro, 10 years old, one of our youngest donors!
Alessandro, 10 years old, (right) one of the youngest donors

Sorting will take place during this week and next weekend and volunteers will drive the contributions to a collection point then.

Eliza said, "The drive was a massive success and we are incredibly grateful for the generosity of local individuals, families and business across Chiswick. The local community pulled together to donate tens of thousands of pounds worth of food and toiletries to the NHS workers saving lives during the COVID-19 crisis. With special thanks to Sue and St Michael's for helping to make this happen."

Organiser Eliza Grimond
Organiser Eliza Grimond

Hayley Pannick, Head of Fundraising at Imperial Health Charity described herself as speechless at the effort and added, “The goodwill and generosity we’ve seen towards our NHS staff in the last few weeks has been incredibly heartwarming, and we’re so grateful to the Chiswick Mutual Aid Group for creating this donation drive. We’d like to thank everyone who supported the event by giving their time and donating supplies to help our NHS colleagues at this difficult time.”


Like Reading Articles Like This? Help Us Produce More

This site remains committed to providing local community news and public interest journalism.

Articles such as the one above are integral to what we do. We aim to feature as much as possible on local societies, charities based in the area, fundraising efforts by residents, community-based initiatives and even helping people find missing pets.

We’ve always done that and won’t be changing, in fact we’d like to do more.

However, the readership that these stories generates is often below that needed to cover the cost of producing them. Our financial resources are limited and the local media environment is intensely competitive so there is a constraint on what we can do.

We are therefore asking our readers to consider offering financial support to these efforts. Any money given will help support community and public interest news and the expansion of our coverage in this area.

A suggested monthly payment is £8 but we would be grateful for any amount for instance if you think this site offers the equivalent value of a subscription to a daily printed newspaper you may wish to consider £20 per month. If neither of these amounts is suitable for you then contact and we can set up an alternative. All payments are made through a secure web site.

One-off donations are also appreciated. Choose The Amount You Wish To Contribute.

If you do support us in this way we’d be interested to hear what kind of articles you would like to see more of on the site – send your suggestions to the editor.

For businesses we offer the chance to be a corporate sponsor of community content on the site. For £30 plus VAT per month you will be the designated sponsor of at least one article a month with your logo appearing if supplied. If there is a specific community group or initiative you’d like to support we can make sure your sponsorship is featured on related content for a one off payment of £50 plus VAT. All payments are made through a secure web site.

April 14, 2020

Bookmark and Share