“…the greatest and noblest gift that ever was given for charity, by any one man, public or private, in this nation.”
Daniel Defoe, 1722
The Charterhouse (Sutton’s Hospital) continues to fulfil the charitable wishes of its founder, Thomas Sutton, as it has done through the centuries since 1611.
Demands on Charterhouse for the provision of care are as great now as at any time in its history. The Governors are also deeply conscious of their duty to maintain the fabric of this beautiful complex of buildings, not only for our generation, but also for all those who will benefit in the future. Charterhouse is a private foundation, with little support from outside funding. The Charity relies on the investment income from the legacy of its founder. It also raises funds by conducting tours, and donations from other visitors and supporters help it meet the massive bills to fulfil its obligations to the Brothers of Charterhouse, to conserve its buildings and comply with health and safety regulations. This has become an increasingly difficult task. Your help is vital.
There are a few ways in which you can help:
Become a Friend of the Charterhouse
Membership of one of the Friends schemes contributes vital funds towards the costs of running the alms house and preserving the history and heritage of the historic site and its collections.
Volunteers are integral to the work that we do, and we aim to offer mutually beneficial opportunities: in return for your hard work to help us further our organisational goals, we will provide training and relevant experience to develop your skill set.
We offer a range of volunteering opportunities in areas including collections management, gardening, learning, visitor engagement and befriending. To see our current volunteer opportunities, please click here.
If you would like to contribute to our work then please get in touch with Holly Walker, Volunteer Coordinator.
Leave a Legacy
The Charterhouse has a long history of support through legacies, the most significant of which was left by Thomas Sutton in 1611 and established the charity that still exists here today.
Further information about leaving a legacy and joining The 1611 Society can be found here, or you can request a hard copy of the leaflet to be posted to you by emailing Dominic Tickell or calling him on 020 7336 7520. If you would like to discuss your requirements in further detail at any time, please email the Development Director.
Make a donation
Any gift, no matter how big or small, will enable the Charterhouse to continue to support its community of Brothers and conserve the precious buildings in which they live. Please make all cheques payable to the Charterhouse. See donation details below.
Gift Aid: The Charterhouse can reclaim the tax paid on all gifts made by UK taxpayers. If you would like us to claim tax on your donation, please ensure that this Gift Aid declaration is sent to us at the address above.
The Development Office, Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse, Charterhouse Square, London, EC1M 6AN
If you would prefer to make a donation via bank transfer or set up a regular donation via standing order, please use the following bank details:
Account number: 90883298
Sort code: 20-65-82
Account name: Sutton’s Hospital in Charterhouse
All donations will be directed to the support of the Brothers and conservation of the historic site. If you would prefer for your donation to be used for a specific purpose, please let us know via post or email.
The staff and Brothers of the Charterhouse would like to express their heartfelt gratitude to all of its donors and supporters.