150th Anniversary of Peabody Celebrated
Thursday, 29th March 2012
A service to celebrate the 150th anniversary of Peabody and the work of its founder, George Peabody, was held at Westminster Abbey on Thursday 28th March 2012 at 11.00am.
George Peabody (1795-1869) was an American financier and philanthropist who settled in London in 1837. He was acutely aware of poverty in the capital and established the Peabody Donation Fund ‘to ameliorate the condition of the poor and needy in this great metropolis’. Today the charitable organisation known simply as Peabody has more than 20,000 homes for 50,000 people in 25 London boroughs.
In his Bidding the Dean of Westminster, the Very Reverend Dr John Hall said:
We come to give thanks to almighty God for 150 years of Peabody and for the work of its founder, George Peabody. We shall remember his achievements and pray for the continuing task of providing decent housing and community care for the people of London and our cities.
The Address was given by the Right Reverend Tom Butler, Bishop of Southwark (1998-2010).