The Matthew Trust is a small registered charity providing last-stop support & care for people who have severe mental illness i.e. bi-polar, depression and schiophrenia. This group of people are amongst the most disadvantaged in our society. Often impoverished, they suffer from being stigmatised, even today.

We also care for victims of aggression and domestic violence (mainly women).

The Matthew Trust receives no statutory funding. We are dependent on fundraising from grant-making trusts and the donations of organisations, companies and individuals. All resources we generate are for people with mental health problems. In these troubled times, the need for support is even greater. If you feel you can help, please click on the DONATE menu above. Thank you.

Annabel Thompson - Director.


The Matthew Trust is a last-stop agency providing direct care. Grants are given only when all other avenues of funding are exhausted.

Applicants for grants must demonstrate either that no other avenue of funding is open to them, or that they have succeeded in getting their need part-funded.

Grants are made entirely at the discretion of the Director & the Client Care Team.

Grants are rarely made directly to the applicant; but through their representative. E.g. social worker, probation officer, community care worker, GP, agency worker.

Grants are made for a specific purpose and costed need. Invoices are required for all capital expenditure items.


The Matthew Trust receives no statutory funding. We are dependent on fundraising from grant-making trusts and the donations of organisations, companies and individuals. All resources we generate are for people with mental health problems.

The easisest way for you to help us is to click on this link to

One-Off Donation - Cheque, Postal Order or Cash.

Gift Aid - (Keeping the taxman out of the equation). If you pay tax and take advantage of Gift Aid, for every £1 you donate the Trust will receive £1.28 (At no additional cost to you). Download Gift Aid Form Here

Legacy - Please email/write to the Trust for information.

Payroll Giving - If you are employed, please ask your Human Resources or Finance Manager for details of how to make a Payroll Donation in support of The Matthew Trust.


Peter Thompson founded The Matthew Trust in February 1976, to help mentally distressed men and women living in the community and in special hospitals and prisons, at a time when there was nowhere for them to turn for help.

Peter was concerned with mental health issues for most of his life and had personal experience of mental illness. Many people with mental health problems learned about the last-stop agency work of the Trust from having seen Peter on television and hearing him on radio.

The photograph shows the late Lord Longford (5th Dec 1905 - 3rd Aug 2001) with the late Peter Thompson (15th Oct 1933 - 26th Dec 2002) outside the Houses of Parliament.

Peter co-founded the Pakenham-Thompson Committee with the late Lord Longford in 1958, which led to the setting up of the National Association for the Care & Resettlement of Offenders (NACRO), in 1961.

The Matthew Trust set up the first national holistic care conference for mental health service practitioners: A Crisis Unknown - Holistic Care for the Mentally Disordered in Secure Environments, in May 1998. The Trust held a second Holistic Care Conference, in May 2000, which was hosted by Lord (Frank) Longford in the Moses Room of the House of Lords.

During the 1990s, the Trust published a series of five Special Reports including: Victims of Aggression (a commentary on the care of the mentally ill in the Community - 1995) and A Burden Too Heavy (the financial plight of people with mental health problems if all ages - 1997).

The number of organisations with which the Trust works has continued to rise since 1976 and now totals some 698, nation-wide, both voluntary and statutory. We continue to be on the look-out for working partners in all parts of the country, as well as for individuals to participate in the Trust's network of volunteers - now totalling some 156 - especially service user volunteers, whose first-hand knowledge of living with mental health problems is both invaluable, and appreciated by healthcare professionals.


PO BOX 604

Tel: 020 7736 5976


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Reverend Gary Piper

Trustee and Chair. Taught in Inner-London schools for 20 years. In 1971 studied for a diploma in the Education of Handicapped children and served as a special needs teacher for 3 years. Became a Head Teacher in 1977 and remained in that post until appointed Vicar of ST. Matthews's Church in Fulham in 1985. Specially interested in working with people who have mental health problems.

Tania Butler

Trustee. Arts Administrator at the South Bank Centre for the Arts Council of GB and chair of South Bank Centre Trade Union Branch for many years. Since retirement has been a member of the Friends of the Royal Marsden Hospital and works in a voluntary capacity there each week

Pricilla Ladha

Trustee. Trained Hotel School and committee member of UK Housekeeping Association which has fund raising events for cancer and other good causes. She is responsible for training vulnerable people to work in hotels across the UK. Governor of Langford School in Fulham London, Secondary School with some Special Needs pupils

Sue Pierson

Trustee. Trained as a Primary School Teacher and taught for 11 years. Re-trained for Ministry in The Church of England as a Deaconess. On leaving theological college in 1979 was appointed to St. Matthews, Fulham, where she has been ever since. Her work includes pastoral care, leading groups, administration, taking services and giving talks.

Richard Wormell

Trustee. Director of several public an private sector companies, the last of which was a Training and Enterprise Council. Now an assessor for Investor in People which has a strong emphasis on equality of opportunity, especially in schools. REcently appointed as education appeals panel member for Hammersmith and Fulham.

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