As well as our main Church project, we also support several other charities with smaller sums, collected during communion services at the church.
The charities supported in 2008 were as follows:
April – Corrymeela Community - Founded in 1965 Corrymeela’s objective is about promoting reconciliation and peace-building through the healing of social, religious and political divisions in Northern Ireland. The Corrymeela community organisation works with individuals and communities which have suffered through the violence and polarisation of the Northern Irish conflict. Their vision of Christian community and reconciliation has been expressed through a commitment to encounter, interaction and positive relationships between all kinds and conditions of people. Corrymeela works throughout Northern Ireland and beyond, developing and delivering focused community relations work through single-identity, cross-community and cross-border community and residentially based programmes.
May – Christian Aid – To link in with Christian Aid week, collections will be donated to this charity which works through local organisations to deliver direct, practical benefits, and campaigns to challenge the causes of poverty throughout the world.
June – NEPACS – This is a voluntary, independent, community-based charity that supports offenders, ex-offenders and their families. A team of dedicated volunteers work to provide visitors' centres and children’s' play areas at prisons throughout the Northeast.
July/August – St Cuthbert’s Hospice - The Hospice opened in 1988 and provides day care and treatments for people with life-limiting illnesses, as well as giving support to their families. A ten bed In-Patient Unit opened in 2006 to provide specialist palliative care to people living in Durham, Chester le Street and Derwentside.
September – Church Benevolence Fund – An emergency hardship fund for immediate distribution to needy cases within the Church and its community. Distributed at the discretion of the Minister (the Revd Julie Lund while the Revd Neil Dixon is on sabbatical).
October – Mercy Ships – hospital ships that reach out to the world's poorest people. With operating theatres and a 40 bed ward, the vessels became an 11,701 tonne floating hospital, carrying a volunteer crew of 350 from all over the world. This organisation exists as a compassionate response to a world need. On ships and land bases dedicated volunteers bring their wide-ranging skills to promote health and well-being by serving the urgent surgical needs of the forgotten poor and empowering developing communities.
November – British Legion - The Royal British Legion provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependants. Currently, nearly 10.5 million people are eligible for their support and they receive thousands of calls for help every year.
December – MIND - is the leading mental health charity in England and Wales who work to create a better life for everyone with experience of mental distress by: a) advancing the views, needs and ambitions of people with mental health problems; b) challenging discrimination and promoting inclusion; c) influencing policy through campaigning and education; d) inspiring the development of quality services which reflect expressed need and diversity; e) achieving equal rights through campaigning and education.