MONEY to endow beds at West London Hospital was raised by the novel means of the 'million penny fund' in 1925.

The Mayor of Hammersmith, Alderman C Pascall, obtained 500 new pennies from the Royal Mint.

He got his grandchildren to lay the first of what it was hoped would be many more coins on the hospital's steps on Boxing Day 1925.

Then troughs were set up by the roadside to take the donations of passers-by.

Up to January 6, 1926, a total of 180,097 pennies in the form of coins, stamps and cheques had been collected - adding up to £750 and eight shillings (40p).

From Hammersmith & Fulham: The Twentieth Century by Christine Bayliss and Jane Kimber ISBN 0-7509-2040-8