Our chosen Charity for November-December is DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal Hunger on a massive scale is looming across East Africa. Drought and conflict have left 19 million people in urgent need of food, water and medical treatment. People are already dying in South Sudan and Somalia. In Kenya and Ethiopia, water shortages caused by drought are severe and likely to worsen. Women, children and older people are suffering the most; half a million children under five are at risk of dying from severe acute malnutrition and require immediate lifesaving treatment. Diseases such as cholera and measles are spreading fast, as more people flee fighting and are forced to live in poor overcrowded conditions. DEC member charities are responding to the crisis and delivering life-saving aid. But, they need more money to help reduce the scale and severity of the crisis.

During November we also had a visit from Pudsey Bear and raised £203 for Children in Need


Additional Charities
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.

Dates Charity
May – June 2017 Godmanchester Foodbank
July – August 2017 Ed Isaac
September – October 2017 Bloodwise
November – December 2017  DEC East Africa Crisis Appeal
January – February 2018 Cornerstone Pregnancy Advice Centre
March – April 2018 Little Princess Trust

Alex Hulme Foundation    Thanks to everyone who supported this charity through donations, table-top sales and the Boden Party during January – February 2017.  We raised £272 in addition to the £300 PCC donation .

FareShare  Thanks to everyone who supported this charity March – April 2017.  We raised a total of £345.

Godmanchester Foodbank Logo Thanks to everyone who supported this charity May- June 2017.  We raised £322.50 in addition to our donations of food.

Thanks to everyone who contributed to help Ed Isaac and family during July-August. We raised £280 in addition to the £300 PCC donation.

Thanks to everyone who supported BLOODWISE during September-October 2017.  We raised over £1,400.

Here’s the summary of our overall charitable giving during 2016:



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