The Breakfast and Underpants Fund

This charitable fund is the brainchild of Michael Parsons Charlesworth, who sadly died of lung cancer in January 2016. Alongside his wife, the Rev Nicola Coleman, Michael was passionately involved in supporting people down on their luck, particularly in South London where they lived for many years.


One much appreciated service was the offer of emergency overnight shelter in the church hall. Michael was part of a team who helped to make up the beds and cook breakfasts; he chatted with the visitors and got to learn more about them. He found himself very moved at the life stories he heard.  Over time, Michael came to understand how some of the simplest things in life can also be the most valued – a full English breakfast and clean underpants!

Michael admired the courage and resilience of the men and women he got to know at that time and wanted to find a more lasting way to help them.  He was particularly concerned for those who had spent most of their lives in and out of care, as it is often the hardest for them to break the cycle.

He saw that for some, simply having a secure bed for the night, fresh clothes in the morning and a hearty breakfast, was enough to allow them to start the day with a little more confidence, so they could find a way out of their current predicament.

Michael was a lovely, funny, caring, compassionate and thoughtful man. He is sorely missed by his family and friends. As a memorial to Michael please join us in making contributions to a fund that is intended to be of lasting help to those who most need it.

£5 a month buys breakfast for three people. Another £5 buys clean underwear. Please give as much as you can afford.

Please note that The Breakfast and Underpants fund is administered by St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity. Your gift or Direct Debit will go to them and be disbursed at their discretion to those in greatest need.

Thank you.


Michael Parsons Charlesworth

(1st May 1964 – 30th January 2016)


Online donations – single and regular gifts:

Please go to here.

Postal donations:

Please make cheques payable to ‘St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity’, and include a note to say this is for the Michael Parson’s Fund.  Please send cheques to:

Breakfast and Underpants

c/o Kirsty Cunningham
St Martin-in-the-Fields Charity
5 St Martin’s Place

BACs donations:

If you give this way, please notify Kirsty Cunningham that the money is for Michael’s fund on Please let her know the amount and date of your donation. Bank details are:

Coutts & Co
Sort code: 18-00-02
Account number: 05023475