EVERY YEAR ST MARY’S GIVES TO A RANGE OF CHARITIES AND IN A RANGE OF WAYS.
St Mary’s Chosen Charities:
Each year St Mary’s chooses 6 specific charities to support, each for a 2 month period. These charities are nominated by members of the congregation who then have the opportunity to supplement the PCC donation with fund-raising through additional events, appeals, and with an invited guest speaker. The person nominating the charity is encouraged to disseminate information via the website, monthly newsletters and the charities’ noticeboard in church. This encourages us all to learn something about each charity and to become more engaged with it.
Our chosen charity for November and December 2020 is Brain Tumour Research https://www.braintumourresearch.org/
Brain tumours are indiscriminate; they can affect anyone at any age. What’s more, they kill more children and adults under the age of 40 than any other cancer… yet historically just 1% of the national spend on cancer research has been allocated to this devastating disease. Brain Tumour Research is determined to change this. They are the only national charity in the UK that is dedicated to raising funds for continuous and sustainable scientific research into brain tumours and are a leading voice calling for greater support and action for research into what scientists are calling the last battleground against cancer. To donate please use this link. Thanks for your support. https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/StMarysBuckden
Our chosen charity for January and February 2021 is Amos Trust www.amostrust.org
Amos Trust is a small, creative human rights charity that challenges injustice, builds involvement and creates change. It works with vibrant grassroots partners for justice and hope for the forgotten. Partners are based in Palestine, India, Nicaragua, South Africa, Burundi & Tanzania and beyond. They are developing creative and effective local solutions to global issues of injustice in three areas of work: promoting the rights of street children in South Africa, Burundi, India and Tanzania; creating a just peace in Palestine; and building sustainable rural communities in Nicaragua and India., – always working with local people and organisations. The Trust was founded by Garth Hewitt, a Canon of St George’s Cathedral, Jerusalem, over 30 years ago and Mary and Chris Wright have been supporters for much of that time. In 2011 Chris was able to make a return visit to places where he had worked in Southern Africa and while in Durban he spent a day with the Umthombo Project, which provides sports and arts activities alongside psychosocial support, training and long-term aftercare; through these programmes they are able to accompany children and young people who are living and working on the streets as they begin to deal with the traumas they’ve experienced and start to find alternatives to a life on the streets. A number of the Life-Guards and Surfing Instructors on Durban’s beaches are graduates of Umthombo. Spin-offs from this are similar projects in Chennai, South India and in Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria in Tanzania. Also, the very successful Street Child World Cup. In 2018 Chris took part in the Amos Trust Alternative Pilgrimage to Bethlehem and the West Bank and visited many of the amazing projects which Amos supports there, staying at a hostel in the Aida Refugee Camp in Bethlehem. Some will remember Garth Hewitt as a long-haired singer of powerfully challenging social justice songs in the 1970s and 80s and he hasn’t stopped since though he has now ‘retired’. The small team of Amos Trust is now directed by the Revd Chris Rose who Chris knows from when he was Director of Romsey Mill in Cambridge. Both Chris Wright and Richard Noble worked with his father, John, when he was Bursar of Westcott House.
Please have a chat to Chris and/or visit the website if you’d like to know more.
IN ADDITION TO THE CHOSEN CHARITIES EACH YEAR
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.
We support the Royal British Legion with the collection on Remembrance Sunday;
We support local charities with donations of food at Harvest Festival;
We support the Children’s Society via personal collection boxes and with the collection at Christingle;
We support Christian Aid Week and other charities via whole village events organised by Buckden & District Churches Together.
Chosen Charities Supported over the past year