The Mayor's charity appeal

The Mayoral charities for 2021-2022

The Beckenham Parochial Charity

The Beckenham Parochial Charity, BPC, is an amalgam of seven historical charities which continues to help people living in Beckenham and Penge by providing housing (almshouses), making financial grants for promoting the education of children and young adults in need and making financial grants to people suffering hardship or distress.

BPC owns six almshouses in Beckenham and has a long lease on three bungalows in West Wickham. They are small properties for single occupancy and the charity is responsible for their maintenance and upkeep. BPC is also able to offer grants to assist individual students and schools in a variety of ways such as financial help so children from low income families can go on school trips, help towards the cost of clothing and equipment, financial help for extracurricular activities, the costs of suits for interviews, university books and IT equipment.

Financial grants are available to alleviate financial need causing hardship or distress. These are in the form of a direct payment for the purchase of items, services or facilities. Recent examples include grants to buy washing machines and cookers, a cover for a mobility scooter, a computer for a charity and help for families or individuals overwhelmed by financial problems.

For more information please visit or contact

Charity Commission number: 213912.

The Shipwrecked Mariners Society

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is a national charity which provides financial support to merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants who are in need. As an island nation, 95 percent of our trade volume arrives by sea; as such we remain highly reliant on the sea and those who serve on it.

The society was established in 1839, initially to look after those affected by the regular shipwrecks which took place along our coastline, but over time our role has evolved to support those whose lives become metaphorically ‘hipwrecked. We pay an immediate grant to the surviving partner of a serving seafarer who dies, whether death occurs at sea or ashore. Regular grants are paid to former seafarers or their partners, whose circumstances justify on-going support. Special grants are made to meet particular needs in crisis situations, or to help with funeral costs.

For more information please visit or contact Tel: 01243 789329

Registered Charity No. 212034