Eliza, Countess of Derby Charity

Registered Charity no. 200267

Helping people living in Kew

Apply for a grant

Eliza, Countess of Derby Charity helps local residents in financial need. Whether you are a single parent, living alone or elderly, the Charity could help ease some of the pressure by helping to pay towards everyday essentials such as your gas or electricity bill.


We work with other local Kew charities and organisations to make sure that the charity set up by the Countess of Derby in 1717 still helps those who need it most.

All applications are treated in the strictest confidence. Grants are for a maximum of £100 per household. Please contact derbycharitykew@gmail.com for more information.


Eliza, Countess of Derby Charity welcomes donations to support members of our community in need.

About the Charity

Eliza, Countess of Derby died in 1717. She bequeathed in her will that after the sale of her house and garden on Kew Green and payment of all debts, the remaining funds would be used for the benefit of the "Poor of Kew". It would take another sixteen years before her vision would come to fruition and in 1730 the first sum of £780 was invested by the trustees of the Charity. The oldest remaining records show that in 1801, the trustees were distributing funds to those in need. The Charity continues this work today.

Image © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge


The charity is managed by three representative Trustees appointed by the London Borough of Richmond-upon-Thames and four 'Co-optative' Trustees appointed from persons 'resident or carrying on business' in Kew. The trustees meet annually to consider grant applications.

Representative Trustees

Robin Jowit OBE

Serge Lourie

Marian Mollett
Co-optative Trustees

Michael Barrett

Molly Hawn

Eleanor Hutchinson

Eliza, Countess of Derby Charity

Registered office:

2 Branstone Road, Kew, Richmond TW9 3LB

Registered charity no. 200267

Header photo courtesy of Caroline Blomfield