Group of Stoll veterans and charity staff standing together

130,000 people have been helped by charity drive

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Image captionStoll provides housing, support and advice for 157 war veterans

As the grant distribution programme from the UNITED in Hammersmith & Fulham charity enters its 10th week, it has made a difference to more than 130,000 people.

Working together with H&F Council, the Hammersmith-based charity has been making fuss-free awards to frontline community groups supporting residents during the pandemic.

This week, a Fulham veterans’ group is benefiting from the generosity of corporate and individual donors – housing charity Stoll – with its imposing white gateposts beside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in Fulham Road.

Established to support wounded soldiers returning from the First World War, its founder, Sir Oswald Stoll, set up the first home in Fulham in 1916… and it has been on the site ever since.

The Sir Oswald Stoll Building in the sunshine behind an iron perimeter fence
Image caption: The Stoll building beside Chelsea’s Stamford Bridge stadium in Fulham Road

Housing for veterans

Stoll provides housing for 157 veterans, an advice drop-in service, specialist medical and mental wellbeing support, social activities and community care for those living independently.

“It’s important that we remember our veterans,” said Cllr Sue Fennimore, Deputy Leader at H&F Council. “The work of Stoll makes a big difference to so many who served their country in time of conflict. And I’d like to thank everyone for their generous donations.”

The latest batch of grants total £4,000, bringing to 83 the number of organisations and groups awarded grants. In total, £77,645 has been distributed.

There is still a need for donations, to continue the programme of assistance in response to the virus. To give to the appeal:

Donate to the appeal

Latest group awards

West London Covid-19 Support Group - £1,000
Providing tailored food deliveries to elderly, vulnerable and disabled residents in the borough.

Urban Partnership Group - £1,000
Food distribution and delivery on the White City estate, particularly to those affected by changes to the furlough scheme.

Stoll (the Sir Oswald Stoll Foundation) - £1,000
Enhancing the independent living service and other support for elderly veterans, including domestic support for the frail and disabled.

Yarrow Housing Limited - £1,000
Art material, delivered by bicycle to people with learning disabilities, so they can express their feelings about coronavirus using visual art, and providing emotional support, helping reduce their risk of them being targeted and exploited.

If you’re a community organisation you can apply for funding today via UNITED’s website.

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