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 May-June is Godmanchester Food Bank http://godmanchester.foodbank.org.uk/ The Trussell Trust foodbank network works in partnership with local churches and organisations to bring foodbanks to communities across the UK. St Mary’s have been a collection point for Godmanchester Foodbank for several years. There is a food collection box near the font for our offerings each week and we also pass donations of dried and tinned food from the schoolchildren at harvest festival each year. Look out for the display in church and more information in the pewsheets this month.
In addition, during May, it is Christian Aid week which we support as part of Buckden & District Churches Together
|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.
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: