Charitable giving is an important part of life at St Thomas à Becket’s. The PCC has a policy of donating approximately 5% of its unrestricted income (£4,000 approx.) to charitable causes, both at home and abroad. Each year the PCC review the amount they are proposing to give taking into account the level of unrestricted income, and to whom they are donating.
In 2019 the following was given by the PCC from Church Funds:
Christian Solidarity Worldwide £310
Family Support Work £310
Grass Roots £310
Mission to Seafarers £310 + £50 from special collection
Nyewood Infants School £250
Nyewood Junior School £250
Shelter Box £310
Tear Fund £310
The Bible Society £310
The Church Army £310
We also raised money for the following in 2019:
Leprosy Mission – £80 from collection organised by Brenda Bell
Link for Hope Shoebox Appeal – 70 boxes delivered, plus £210. We also donated 120 knitted blankets, large quantities of new knitted garments plus lots of hats, gloves, scarves etc, contributed by Knit and Natter Group and others.
Christian Aid – £1000.26 (£1125.91 once gift aid is added) from a variety of events + £115 from special collections and £400 from half of the Christmas collections.
The Children’s Society – £592.37, made up from £405.80 from collection boxes co-ordinated by Barbara Crew plus £186.57 from the Christingle service