In 1989 we decided that we would undertake to support a local charity every year, following the success of our Tercentenary Appeal, in 1988, to send a group of disadvantaged local children on a Send a Child to Hucklow holiday. We raise money through donations, sponsored walks, sale of goods etc.
Charities supported since 1989Alzheimer's; Asthma; Great North Air Ambulance; Big Ears; North Tees Pain Relief; Cystic Fibrosis; Piper Knowle House; Speech After Stroke group; Holistic Cancer Therapy Centre; Child Advocacy International; Corner House, Stockton; Multiple Sclerosis; Daisy Chain; Blind Voice UK; NSPCC; Botton Village; POGINS; North Tees Bereavement Support Group; Sightsavers International; Teesport Mission to Seafarers; Phab – Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied; Arthritis Care (North East) ); New Horizons (Teesside); the Local Guide Dogs for the Blind Group; Send a Child to Hucklow (SACH); Zoe’s Place - Baby Hospice; and most recently, the RSPB Saltholme site.
We support FairtradeTraidcraft goods are on sale regularly and we only use fairly traded tea, coffee and sugar at church.
Support for local charities
The Charity we supported in 2014-2015 sent a letter thanking us for raising £320 for the local RSPB centre “to help give nature a home” at Saltholme. The money is to be spent on improving the walled wildlife garden, and for buying cockle shells to create special floating platforms for the Common Terns to nest on.
The current charity we are raising money for in 2015-2016 is the rare Progressive supranuclear palsy. This is a Parkinson's-like neurological condition caused by the premature loss of nerve cells in certain parts of the brain. It is an uncommon brain disorder that causes serious problems with walking, balance and eye movements as a result of the deterioration of cells in areas of the brain which control body movement and thinking. A relative of one of our church members is battling with this degenerative disease at present and because it receives so little publicity they are struggling with funding into research.