EVERY YEAR ST MARY’S GIVES TO A RANGE OF CHARITIES AND IN A RANGE OF WAYS.
St Mary’s Chosen Charities:
In the year May 2018 to April 2019 we are supporting 6 specific charities, each for a 2 month period. These charities have been nominated by members of the congregation who then have 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.
Our chosen charity for January-February 2019 is MAGPAS www.magpas.org.uk
Magpas Air Ambulance brings crucial lifesaving care by land and air to patients in life-threatening emergencies. Based in Cambridgeshire, their enhanced medical team receives advanced training which allows them to offer procedures and treatments at the scene. They support the ambulance service and give medical care when time is of the essence. This means that the frontline care the team delivers doesn’t just save lives, it helps seriously ill and injured people to return to a good quality of life. Magpas Air Ambulance is not a state-funded service & relies on generous public donations to continue saving lives. Thank you in advance for your generosity. If you have any books that you would like to donate to a bookstall in aid of MAGPAS, please leave them under the Magpas charity display.
St Mary’s Chosen Charities: May 2018 to April 2019
|May – June 2018|| Godmanchester Foodbank
|July – August 2018||Molly Smith
|September – October 2018||Bloodwise https://bloodwise.org.uk/|
|November – December 2018||Mission Aviation Fellowship https://www.maf-uk.org|
|January – February 2019||Magpas Air Ambulance https://www.magpas.org.uk|
|March – April 2019||Combat Stress https://www.combatstress.org.uk|
During January-February 2018 we supported Cornerstone, a local pregnancy advice centre in Huntingdon. We saved coins in babies’ bottles and raised £160.57 in addition to the PCC donation of £300. Thank you to everyone who supported this.
During March-April 2018 we supported Little Princess Trust who provide real hair wigs for children with hair loss. There were fun quizzes, a beard grown long and coloured pink, and other events. £425 was raised in addition to the PCC donation of £300.
During May-June 2018 we supported Godmanchester Foodbank which is part of the Trussell Trust foodbank network. We support the foodbank throughout the year as a food collection point but during May-June we supplemented this with financial donation as ell as raising awareness.
During July-August 2018 we supported Molly Smith, a Buckden resident who, following multiple organ transplants 10 years ago, has ‘challenging health’. Molly needed ramps installed to enable her to spend time in her garden and leave the house as she becomes increasingly dependent on a wheelchair.
During September-October 2018 we supported Bloodwise https://bloodwise.org.uk/ a charity which has an aim of creating a future without blood cancer.
During November-December 2018 we supported Mission Aviation Fellowship https://www.maf-uk.org For 70 years, MAF has been flying for life. They fly medical, relief and life-transforming help to vulnerable people in hard-to-reach places. financial support”.
ADDITIONAL CHARITIES SUPPORTED
We aim to support any Disasters and Emergencies Committee Special Appeals which may arise during the year.
We support Godmanchester Food Bank throughout the year with 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.
In 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: