Surrey Dispensary (charity registration number 208091) is another historic, endowed Southwark charity. It was founded in 1777 to administer advice and medicine to the poor in the north of what is now the London Borough of Southwark. Originally the Dispensary was a physical building, located first in Montague Street and later, from 1927, in Falmouth Road. The Falmouth Road building was closed in 1971, after which the Dispensary existed only as an endowed charitable fund.

The income from the fund is to be applied “for the purpose of relieving in cases of need persons … who are sick, convalescent, disabled, handicapped [sic] or infirm by providing or paying for items, services or facilities which are calculated to alleviate the suffering or assist the recovery of such persons in such cases but are not readily available to them from other sources.”

The Dispensary’s area of benefit incorporates the whole of the St George the Martyr Charity area of benefit plus the former Metropolitan Borough of Bermondsey (see map below). Grants may be awarded to individuals and organisations.

Since January 2019, St George the Martyr Charity has been providing the ‘clerking’ function for the Surrey Dispensary trustees. It has also been awarded funds in its own right to dispense within its own area of benefit to persons over the age of 55, as an extension to our existing hardship grants programme.

Anyone wishing to apply for Surrey Dispensary funds should contact Andy Murphy at St George the Martyr Charity either by phone (020 7407 2994) or through a dedicated e-mail address: