EVERY YEAR ST MARY’S GIVES TO A RANGE OF CHARITIES AND IN A RANGE OF WAYS.
Our chosen Charity for January-February is Cornerstone Pregnancy Advice Centre www.pregnancyadvice.org.uk This is a very local charity, a pregnancy advice centre based in Huntingdon. Their vision is to reach every woman in Huntingdonshire facing an unplanned pregnancy and offer her time, space and non-directive information in order that she can make a fully informed choice and to offer her on-going support, whatever decision she makes. Please take a look at the display at the back of St Mary’s and pick up at baby’s bottle to fill with coins during these two months.
Our chosen Charity for March-April is Little Princess Trust http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/ .
The Little Princess Trust provides real hair wigs free of charge to children and young adults up to the age of 24, who have sadly lost their own hair due to cancer treatment and other illnesses. Look out for the display in church and information in the pewsheets .
We aim to support any Disasters and Emergencies Committee Special Appeals which may arise during the year.
We support Godmanchester Food Bank through voluntary donations of food which can be put into a box at the back of church.
We support the Royal British Legion with the collection on Remembrance Sunday; local charities with donations of food at Harvest Festival; the Children’s Society with personal collection boxes and with the collection at Christingle; Christian Aid Week and other charities via whole village events organised by Buckden & District Churches Together.
St Mary’s Chosen Charities:
In the year May 2017 to April 2018 we are supporting 6 specific charities, each for a 2 month period. These charities have been nominated by members of the congregation who then had the opportunity to supplement the PCC donation with fund-raising through additional events, appeals, even a guest speaker. The person nominating the charity is encouraged to disseminate information via the website, monthly newsletters, the charities’ noticeboard in church. This allows us all to learn something about each charity and to become more engaged with it.
|May – June 2017|| Godmanchester Foodbank
Thanks to everyone who supported this charity May- June 2017. We raised £322.50 in addition to our donations of food.
|July – August 2017||Ed Isaac Thanks to everyone who contributed to help Ed Isaac and family during July-August. We raised £280 in addition to the £300 PCC donation
|September – October 2017||Bloodwise https://bloodwise.org.uk/
Thanks to everyone who supported BLOODWISE during September-October 2017. We raised over £1,400
|November – December 2017|| DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal
|January – February 2018||http://www.pregnancyadvice.org.uk/|
|March – April 2018||http://www.littleprincesses.org.uk/|
During November 2017 we also had a visit from Pudsey Bear and raised £203 for Children in Need
Here’s a summary of our overall charitable giving during 2017: