Richard Watts Charities thrive today due to the generosity and vision of Richard Watts (1513-1579). The Charities provide assistance in times of need and enable people to live as independently as possible.

 

Our current aims are to:

  • Provide almshouse accommodation

  • Provide grants to people, schools and organisations

  • Provide home help services

 

We are only allowed to provide assistance to people living, or schools and organisations based within, the ME1 and ME2 postcode areas.

 

Following the death of Richard Watts in 1579, Richard Watts Charity was established and has been working with the people of Rochester for over 400 years. Five other local charities are now incorporated under the full title of Richard Watts and the City of Rochester Almshouse Charities.

 

For those interested in the work the Charities do now, the Almshouse, Grants and Services and News Page will provide you with the information you need.

 

For those of you intrigued by historic aspects of the Charities, the History Pages will provide background into how the Charity, as it was then, came to be and a feel for the times in which it was formed.

 

I hope you will find the website useful and informative.

 

Mrs Alex Clarabut

Chair

Welcome to Richard Watts Charities

Our Latest News

Unprecedented times - unprecedented number of awards in short space of time

 

This month Trustees made 13 awards worth a total of £11,670 to 8 schools and 5 organisations serving residents in ME1 and ME2.  For schools, the sums awarded ranged from £160 to £1,200 for craft materials, books, a sensory garden and lap tops for home learning.  The awards to organisations  included £5,000 to the Friends of the Wisdom Hospice where it costs £1,000 per week to employ a specialist palliative care nurse (40 hour shift), £1,600 to AgeUK Medway for additional equipment to enable to provide the hugely increased number of meals for the elderly, £1,000 to Medway Foodbank  and £1,000 to the Open House Project as well as £320 to Carers First to support young carers in the area.

Welcome to Richard Watts Charities

Our Latest News

Unprecedented times - unprecedented number of awards in short space of time

 

This month Trustees made 13 awards worth a total of £11,670 to 8 schools and 5 organisations serving residents in ME1 and ME2.  For schools, the sums awarded ranged from £160 to £1,200 for craft materials, books, a sensory garden and lap tops for home learning.  The awards to organisations  included £5,000 to the Friends of the Wisdom Hospice where it costs £1,000 per week to employ a specialist palliative care nurse (40 hour shift), £1,600 to AgeUK Medway for additional equipment to enable them to provide the hugely increased number of meals for the elderly, £1,000 to Medway Foodbank  and £1,000 to the Open House Project as well as £320 to Carers First to support young carers in the area.

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