Giving to Charity

At Holy Trinity we place great empasis on our partnerships with a number of charities which are close to our hearts including Kisiizi Hospital, Water Aid and Christian Aid. The PCC Charities sub-committee comes together at the start of each year to agree which charities will become each month's "Charity focus". We encourage members from the charitable organisation or from our congregation to talk about the work that each charity does at the Charity Focus service, and in this way we highlight the hard work that all these organisations do to improve the lives of others. 

The amount given to each month's chosen charity is the entire takings from all the services held at Holy Trinity on the second Sunday of each month. Additional contributions can be made to the selected charity at other times of the month by using the blue collecting envelopes that are available in church.

Our charities during 2020 have been:

January 2020:

The Wycombe Homeless Connection helps people who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. They assist with emergency food, clothing and bedding and run a winter night shelter. They work to find accommodation for those in need and help those at risk of homelessness avoid eviction.

February 2020:

The Friendly Bombs Theatre Company is a registered charity formed over 20 years ago, bringing theatre to the learning disabled community. Comprising 20 performers, all of whom are adults with a learning disability. Every year they study a classic text to produce a performance for schools, day centres and the general public.

March 2020:

Since 2011, One Can Trust has operated a foodbank based in High Wycombe, serving the town and South Bucks.  Growing quickly to address a growing crisis of food poverty they collect over £200,000 worth of food every year from all over the community and create food parcels that have fed well over 30,000 adults and children.

They work in partnership with almost 100 front line agencies who refer people to One Can for food aid.

They have scores of collection points and have worked with schools, churches, community groups, supermarkets and businesses of all sorts as well as their core of about 120 volunteers. From their store, they are able to pack and send out around 400 parcels a month.

Inspired by and building on the success of the foodbank, One Can are hoping to start new projects that share its characteristics and community-building character. 

April 2020:

The Li Tim-Oi Foundation was set up over 25 years ago in honour of the first Anglican woman to be ordained as a priest, the Rev’d Dr Florence Li Tim-Oi.  This was in the special circumstances in Hong Kong at the time, long before women could be as ordained priests in this country, and it caused quite a stir! The Foundation gives help to Anglican women, especially in the developing world who, like Tim-Oi, need support in order to fulfil their vocations. 

May 2020:

Christian Aid is the official relief and development agency of 41 Christian churches in the UK and Ireland. It works to support sustainable development, the eradication of poverty and the provision of disaster relief in South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Asia. Please pray for and support Christian Aid in this vital work where you can make an online donation: https://www.christianaid.org.uk/appeals/christian-aid-week. Or send a cheque to Christian Aid, P O Box 100, London SE1 7RT.

June 2020

The St Andrews Family Project, High Wycombe is a group based in an area of Wycombe with a lot of social housing on minimal incomes. Some of  the families in the group are on benefit and those in employment often have such low incomes that regular food parcels from the food bank are needed to feed their families. Donations can be made to  the Family Support Group, Natwest, a/c number 15680541, sort code 60-11-01.  Or via paypal: paypal.me/pools/c/8p3zsjhEyH.

June Postscript:

Please remember the local charities that we have been supporting during 2020:

One Can Foodbank and Trust has a new drop-off point for food donations: 5 Coat Wicks, Seer Green. The Parish Magazine article lists items they particularly need and tells how they are responding to the current huge rise in demand for their support. Find out how to donate at https://onecantrust.org.uk/donate/donate-food/

Wycombe Homeless Connection Donate at https://www.wyhoc.org.uk/donate