St Hilda’s always needs support to maintain its much needed work with the community in the East End of London.

In addition to other costs, we are also trying to raise funds for a new minibus to transport housebound and less mobile older people to Sonali Gardens in Shadwell.

In 2007, St Hilda’s was presented with a new 15-seat wheelchair accessible minibus. This was made possible by a legacy from the former East Enders actress, Gretchen Franklin. The minibus is called ‘Ethel’ in memory of her East Enders character and is used for our community centre based Older People’s Project.

For many years we also had a second minibus, used to transport housebound users to our Day Centre at our second site, Sonali Gardens. However, after much sterling service, this vehicle had to be decommissioned recently. We therefore urgently need to replace it with a new minibus.

We need to raise £40,000 for the new vehicle, and greatly appreciate any support towards this target, large or small! Donations can be made using the Charities Aid Foundation’s secure online payment system.

You can also raise money for St Hilda’s East simply by shopping online using EasyFundraising. Retailers will donate to your chosen organisation when you spend with them using EasyFundraising – so why not shop & support St Hilda’s? For more information about how Easyfundraising works, click here.



You can volunteer in many of our projects – to find out more about the varied work carried out at St Hilda’s, visit the Projects page.

We also welcome those who wish to share their skills with St Hilda’s in different ways. This includes, but is not restricted to support maintaining the website, organising work placements for young people, or social enterprise advice. If you would like to discuss this further or have any other ideas, do get in touch.

St Hilda's East Community Centre, 18 Club Row, London E2 7EY | | 020 7739 8066
Founded by The Incorporated Guild of Cheltenham Ladies' College in 1889. Company Limited by Guarantee (no. 52880) and Registered Charity (no. 212208).