Hogarth Charitable Trust

About the Charity: a brief history

Walter (“Wally”) Welsh established the Centre in 1955. Wally helped local schools, girl guides, football teams and the handicapped. He worked closely with young people’s relatives, teachers and the local police. Wally retired from youth work in 1988 and was awarded the MBE for lifelong services to youth work. Wally passed away in November 2009.

Tony Heap took on Wally’s role running the Centre in 1990 until 2003 when he became the Centre Manager, eventually retiring in 2018. For many years Tony worked with his wife Carol who also instructed dance, karate and yoga. Carol passed away in December 2006. The Carol Heap annual 6-aside football tournament honours her memory. Tony passed away in July 2021. The martial arts centre is named after him as is an annual basketball tournament for the young people to which he dedicated much of his life. His immense contribution to the Centre over 40 years must never be forgotten.

The Hogarth Charity was created in December 2000 to manage the Centre to sustain the delivery of a youth service. Until the end of 2018, the London Borough of Hounslow (“LBH”) was responsible for resourcing and funding the youth service delivered from the Centre. When this support ended, the Board of Trustees assumed full responsibility for the youth service as well as the Centre’s other activities. Led by Youth Officer Denny Anthony, Project 2019 was the Charity’s first calendar year providing an independent youth service. 

Hogarth Charitable Trust Co. Ltd
Reg. Charity no. 1084019 Reg. Company no. 4000559

Walter “Wally” Welsh
Tony and Carol
Tony & Carol Heap

Charity Governance

Since its foundation in May 2000, the Charity has been run by a small Board of Trustees who work pro bono. The Board is responsible for the safe and efficient running of the Centre and the prudent use of its limited financial resources. At the beginning of 2019, the Board also took on responsibility for continuing the Youth Programme which has been delivered from the Centre for over 60 years. The Board currently comprises three Trustees who bring a very diverse range of career and life experiences. Trustees regularly attend the Centre and meet formally 5-6 times per annum. The Charity’s Report & Accounts are filed annually at The Charity Commission for England & Wales (No.1084109) and Companies House (No.4000559).

Fred Lucas

Trustee (Chair) 

Long term resident of Chiswick and supporter of the Centre.


Fred trained and instructed in the Centre’s karate dojo from 1987 until 2016. Fred became a Trustee of the Charity in 2012 and Chair of the Board of Trustees in 2019. Fred has lived in Chiswick since 1987 and has long been a strong advocate of early intervention youth services and sports to help disadvantaged young people in the borough make better life choices. Fred’s career was in financial services with a focus on the global energy sector.

Jonathan Walker


Current Chiswick resident and supporter of the Centre.


Jonathan was an investment banker who spent most of his career in the United States. Upon retirement, he returned to the UK in 2017, settled in Chiswick and was keen to find a way to give back to the community. He became a Trustee at the beginning of 2020.

Raj Parkash


Current Chiswick resident and supporter of the Centre.


Since retiring from his career as an international lawyer, Raj has devoted himself to the charity sector, working for a time as General counsel at Comic Relief and holding  Trustee positions in the theatre and education. He is now a Trustee of the Bush Theatre and the Bedford Park Society and is delighted to be able to expand his community involvement by supporting a local youth charity. Raj became a Trustee in September 2021.

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Jamilla Amra

Accounts Manager

Long term user of the Centre.


Dani Karas

Centre Manager

Current Chiswick resident and supporter of the Centre


Dani is a longtime resident of Chiswick, having relocated from the US over 20 years ago. She spent most of her career in the film and television industry working across production, marketing and most recently in the licensing of content for international digital services. She is keen to work with current and future licensees of the Hogarth Centre and to help raise community awareness of the great things the youth centre offers.  Please get in touch for any enquires about hiring one of our spaces.

Trustee Statement

The 300 or more young people in our community who regularly attend the Hogarth’s Youth Programme are the Charity’s single most important stakeholder. The Charity exists to serve them at a critical time in their personal development, as best it can and for as long as it can. Put simply, our young people come first.
Hogarth Charitable Trust not only represents the young people and their passion, but we replicate it in our own ethos and practice. We put the young people at the forefront of our work and their passion and commitment drives the Trust. The Trustees are deeply committed to youth work in terms of informal education, life skills, and youth equality.
Those who attend the youth programme come from very diverse backgrounds, but they all prize access to a safe and secure place outside of school and home. They are equally united in their determination to make a better future for themselves via an informal education which builds not only key life skills, but also nurtures lasting friendships. By helping themselves and each other, they are best placed to enter adulthood as fully participating citizens, either transiting directly into the job market or higher education.
The Board of Trustees works alongside the Youth Team to ensure that it is appropriately resourced and the programme which the Team designs is as rich and as varied as possible. Feedback from the young people helps to tailor the programme in any given year. Key deliverables are agreed at the start of each year and then monitored monthly.
Trustees recognise that there is always more that can be done to build the programme and broaden its appeal. We are determined to secure multiple long term funding sources to support sustainable programme development. By forging partnerships with local residents and businesses the important social contract with our community is strengthened.