We support some six charities which were selected by ballot at the Annual Meeting in February 2017. These are:
Water Aid - Shelterbox - The Salvation Army - The Children's Hospice of the SW - The Addington Fund - The Moat Garden Project
There is a focus on one of these each month when there will be a special display on the Notice Boards. Special envelopes are available in church for any additional donation you may wish to make to the particular charity. Please put your envelope in the collection bag during our Sunday services or in the slot for the wall safe, by the door. Thank you.
The charity we are supporting during APRIL is
Children's Hospice South West
'We provide hospice care for children with life-limiting conditions and their whole family across the South West. The care we offer is wide ranging; respite and short breaks, emergency care, palliative care and end of life care .We operate three hospices: Little Bridge House in North Devon, Charlton Farm in North Somerset and Little Harbour in mid Cornwall.
At Children's Hospice South West (CHSW) we are absolutely committed to making the most of short and precious lives. The care offered at each of our hospices is not simply about medical and nursing care for sick children, but about enriching the lives of children and their families. Families talk about the 'treasure chest' of precious memories they build to carry into the future ... a future which will, sadly, be without their much loved child or children'.
Find out more about the work of Children's Hospice South West by visiting www.chsw.org.uk
During MAY we are supporting
The Addinton Fund
This is a registered farning charity and our main area of work is to provide homes for farming families living in England and Wales who have to leave the industry, through no fault of their own, and by doing so will lose their home. In times of emergency and where hardship prevails we may be able to assist with a grant towards certain business costs.
The ARC-Addington Fund was set up in 2001 as the Churches' response to Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD), when it distributed grants totalling £10.3 million to over 22,000 applicants. The name was changed to Addinton Fund in 2011 and today we focus more on housing, although grants are available, at the Trustees' Discretion, in times of emergency. See more at www.addingtonfund.org .uk
In JUNE we support Shelterbox
''Shelter is more than just a roof-it's a home. It's the foundation for life , for families, for communities.
When natural disasters and coflicts rob people of their homes, we can't wave a magic wand to replace what was lost, but we can provide people with the tools to start the process of their recovery. Your support provides shelter that protects families from burning heat, bitter cold, dangerous animals and disease, and so much more. A shelter creates a space where families can have privacy from the rest of the world, where they can feel safety and security in being together.'' see more at www.shelterbox.org
In JULY we support
The Salvation Army is a worldwide Christian Church and registered charity.
The United Kingdom and Republic of Ireland is part of the International Salvation Army, which is at work in 128 countries, demonstrating Christian principals through practical support; offering unconditional freindship, and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds and needs.
Our message is based on the bible; our motivation is the love of God as revealed in Jesus Christ, which can transform people's lives and change them for the better. We believe that people consist of body, mind and soul, which means that they have both social, physical and spiritual needs. Our services are offered unconditionally to people of all faiths and none. Inspired by our faith, we help people to develop and grow in their personal relationship with God and engage in a programme of practical action to serve the community, to help those who are suffering and in need, and to speak out against social injustice.