Thanks to everyone who supported the Christmas Cafe event on Advent Sunday. As well as a wonderful social to get us all in the Christmas mood, we raised £750 for the outward giving fund.
The Outward Giving Fund is allocated to a selection of local, national and international charities in January each year. The total allocated is 4% of parish income through giving, augmented by fundrasing activities throughout the year.
In addition, we support the Royal British Legion with the collection from the civic service on Remembrance Sunday. In 2019 this was more than £1000. On Christmas Eve, the collection at the annual Nativity and Christingle service raises a similarly significant amount for the Children’s Society.
Charities we support
Each year there are new challenges across the world and at home. In 2011 we started supporting Hope For Justice a Christian based organization fighting slavery and people trafficking as well as the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in The Middle east. In 2013 we saw the creation of our local food bank and a major humanitarian disaster occurring in Syria. In 2015 we added The Orchard Club, a local organization helping the elderly.
We have for many years supported various local charities that aim to bring comfort and support to those in need within our own communities. Whilst our donations to some organisations may seem modest, we are told they are greatly valued and help with events and outings.
Internationally we support largely Christian based charities working through partners, often partner churches, providing support, education and healthcare to those most in need.