The Mildmay Mission Hospital was founded by Rev William Pennefather who was a previous vicar of the church in 1864. Helen Taylor-Thompson was hugely influential in shaping the development of the hospital.
It is now a charitable hospital specialising in HIV, delivering quality care and treatment, prevention work, rehabilitation, training, education and health strengthening in the UK and East Africa.
In 2016 Mildmay marked 150 years of the provision of service, compassion and medical care. The service was held at St Jude’s Church, after which Archbishop John Sentamu planted The Mildmay Rose in the church garden.
In 2020, Mildmay Mission Hospital began a ground-breaking service providing healthcare for people who are homeless or rough-sleeping and recuperating from illness or injury.
St Jude’s Church and Mildmay Mission Hospital connected in August 2022, with a visit from Teri Milewska, Registered and Compliance Manager, which is described here and we look forward to the next stage of our partnership.
Within the parish are the Metropolitan Benefit Societies’ Almshouses (MBSA) situated on Balls Pond Road.
The scheme has a mixture of 28 flats and cottages around three sides of a quadrangle with a central meeting hall and provides accommodation for older people who are in need. The Church Council (PCC) nominates one trustee of the MBSA charity.
Run by Notting Hill Genesis and offering high standard, self-contained accommodation, The Mildmays are home to people who want to live independently with 24-7 support on hand. Care workers also provide personal care to vulnerable older people, including adults with physical or learning disabilities. The Church leads a monthly service in The Mildmays.