Benevolence Fund 2014

As well as our main Church project, we also support several other charities with smaller sums, collected after communion services at the church.

The charities we supported in 2014 are given below. Clicking on a title will open a new tab containing the web page of the relevant charity.

Charities supported in other years can be seen on the following pages:

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December 2013 / January 2014: British Heart Foundation

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The vision of the British Heart Foundation is of a world in which people do not die prematurely of heart disease. They hope to achieve this through pioneering research, vital prevention activity and ensuring quality care and support for everyone living with heart disease. When you have a vision that big in mind, it helps to set some milestones along the way. That's why they've set a number of objectives to guide their day-to-day work. But they can't do any of it alone. They are working alongside government, other health charities, health professionals and thousands of dedicated supporters to beat heart disease. Everybody has a part to play. Within a generation, they aim to: reduce cardiovascular disease in the UK to one of the lowest levels in Europe. Within a decade, they aim to half the number of people under 75 who die from cardiovascular disease, make sure at least two thirds of people under 75 survive a heart attack, reduce heart-related deaths in all UK local authority areas to the current level in South East England or below, reverse the increase in childhood obesity.

February: Otters Swimming club

"Durham Otters" Swimming club has been running for over 25 years in the Durham city area to provide a safe and friendly environment for those who find public swimming sessions unsuitable, but who would like to swim or relax in a pool. The charity, run entirely by volunteers, gives disabled adults and children the chance to socialise and exercise in a safe and relaxing environment. Some members are physically disabled, suffering from anything from back problems to partial paralysis; others are learning disabled, but all enjoy the supportive environment of the club, which uses a shallow water pool, a little over 1m deep. The club runs sessions on a Monday evening from 7pm - 8pm. Kids enjoy the opportunity to play and learn to swim, and adults have the peace of mind of in-water physical support and company whilst swimming or learning to swim. With excellent changing facilities, easy access, a hoist and a range of swimming aids, Durham Otters is one of few community charity services provided to help those who could not swim in a public pool for confidence or mobility reasons.

Mum/Adult Swimmer who has been a member of Durham Otters for 4 years, says: "Durham Otters is the highlight of the week for many of the children and adults who come along. More than anything, it is a social activity as well as a relaxing environment for light exercise. All the volunteers are friendly and supportive and will help out or just leave swimmers to their own devices if they want."

For more information contact John or Kirstine Chamberlayne:(0191) 386 2146.

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March: Life Association and Mission Arulagam

This registered charity works with approx 250million Dalits in India, raising awareness of their plight and assisting with healthcare etc. Dalits have little access to facilities and basic human rights. They are among the poorest people on earth and vulnerable to HIV, many die of Aids, bonded labour and prostitution are common. Arulagam Care Centre provides care, treatment and education for those affected by HIV and Aids in the local Dalit villages. Life Association has been working with the Dalits in India, building and running schools, orphanages and working with street children and slum-dwellers of Mumbai. They also raise awareness of Dalit issues in the UK and seek change for the plight of the Dalits.

April: Global Action UK (Ukraine hope centre)

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This charity provides a Christian Summer camp for 120 orphans in the Ukraine and essential resources for their project at the Ukraine Hope Centre. Staffed by volunteers from the UK and USA  the centre provides practical care for children abandoned and without emotional or financial support.

Global Action (UK) are located at St Giles Church, Gilesgate Durham DH1 1QH.

Global Action never works alone. By connecting with local partners in each of the countries we work in, we can together better identify what needs to be done and how to do it, whilst training and equipping them to serve their communities far beyond what we could manage alone.

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May: Christian Aid

This is a Christian organisation that insists the world can and must be swiftly changed to one where everyone can live a full life, free from poverty. It works globally to eradicate the causes of poverty, striving to achieve equality, dignity and freedom for all, regardless of faith or nationality. Christian Aid is part of a wider movement for social justice and provides urgent, practical and effective assistance where need is great, tackling the effects of poverty as well as its root causes. Its essential purpose is, to expose the scandal of poverty; to help in practical ways to root it out from the world; to challenge and change structures and systems that favour the rich and powerful over the poor and marginalised.

June: The Food Bank

Durham Food Bank is based at North Road Methodist Church. Schools, churches, businesses and individuals donate non-perishable, in-date food to the food bank. All food given out by Durham food bank is donated. "Supermarket Collections" are one of the main ways that food is donated: These are food drives held at supermarkets where volunteers give shoppers a "food bank shopping list" and ask them to buy an extra item or two for local people in crisis.

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July: 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.

August: Mary's Meals

Mary's Meals provides daily meals to chronically hungry children in a place of learning. In this way the hungry child is attracted to the classroom where they can gain a better future for themselves and their community. Their vision is that every child receives one daily meal in their place of education. Working together with those who share our ideas, we believe there is no good reason why that vision cannot be realised.

September: Cedarwood trust

The Cedarwood Trust is a community development charity working on the Meadow Well Estate of North Tyneside. This is a community full of untapped energy and creativity which is hampered by the levels of poverty and income deprivation it experiences. We believe that the community have the resources themselves to make a lasting difference and we work to raise confidences and aspirations in order to change lives.

Much of our work is focused upon those experiencing the highest levels of poverty including over 60's and young families. The Meadow Well Estate is often seen, from the outside, in negative terms, particularly relating to income deprivation and poverty - these are major challenges for us all at the Cedarwood Trust but we aim to also celebrate all that is good within the Meadow Well Estate.

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October: NEPACS

NEPACS is a long-standing charity in the north east of England building bridges for prisoners, their families and the community. The society supports and assists prisoners, families and friends of prisoners in their visits to the prison and helps children visiting relatives in prison to feel welcome and find the experience as pleasant as possible. The society also relieves hardship due to the poverty of some offenders and their families and supports the education and training of offenders to help in their rehabilitation.

November: Royal British Legion


The Royal British Legion is a UK charity that provides financial, social and emotional support to millions who have served and are currently serving in the Armed Forces, and their dependents. They are one of the UK's largest membership organizations and recognized as custodians of Remembrance. They also run the annual Poppy Appeal. They help serving and ex-Service personnel and their families. Not just those who fought in the two World Wars, but also those involved in the many conflicts since 1945 and those still fighting today. They provide welfare services, campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people.

December 2014/January 2015: 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 10 bed In-Patient Unit opened in 2006 to provide specialist palliative care to people living in Durham, Chester le Street and Derwentside.

The Day Hospice aims to help patients to promote their quality of life while continuing to live at home, and can help families by offering a break from caring duties. The staff and volunteers offer supportive care in friendly and relaxed surroundings.

The inpatient unit provides holistic care to patients and their carers. Each spacious bedroom has en-suite facilities, and access to a veranda overlooking the gardens. The unit cares for people with complicated medical needs, and admissions are made for help with symptom management, short term planned care to support relatives and carers, and for end of life care.

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