Benevolence Fund 2019

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 2019 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:

2008 | 20092010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015 | 2016 | 2017 | 2018 | 2019 | 2020

The charities being supported this year are as given below. Clicking on a title will open a new tab containing the web page of the relevant charity.


January 2019: KHORA

KHORA supports refugee families in Athens with reusable nappies. There are about 40,000 documented refugees living in mainland Greece and the daily battle to access basic needs is acute. Nappies are a basic necessity and to not provide them is both distressing to parents and dehumanising for the families. KHORA  aims to support 100 babies at a cost of £8000 with reusable nappies, laundry detergent and a nappy travel bag.

February : CEREBRA

Cerebra supports brain damaged children. Just to learn,play,make friends, enjoy and experience the world can feel difficult ,even impossible. Cerebra purchases new equipment, new learning resources and new ways to play and support each other. Cerebra opens new doors to discovering the world and to make life better

March: 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.

April: Trinity School

Trinity School is an all age (2-19) special school situated on the outskirts of Durham City near Akley Heads.

The school caters for pupils who have a range of special educational needs including moderate learning difficulties, severe learning difficulties, communication disorders (including specialist autistic provision) and complex and multiple learning difficulties.

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May: Christian Aid

Global Action logo

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.

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June: Durham Night Shelter

Durham Winter Night Night Shelter Provides emergency accommodation to rough sleepers in Durham if the night time temperature is or is predicted to be 0 degrees centigrade or below.

Durham Night Shelter is a collaborative initiative of many of the Durham churches, to provide overnight accommodation, safety and food for homeless people during the winter months .

The shelter has successfully supported a number of homeless people, both men and women  during the coldest nights and relies upon the kindness and compassion of volunteers.

Church premises are used to support this initiative.

The Christian Partnership of Churches and Just Love Durham wants to see God end Homelessness in Durham.

July: Angel fund

R.T. Projects works with and for people with mental problems.
Man who is leading it is Beano Flude. He helped make Christmas Angel for the church.

RTProjects is an Arts and Health organisation which seeks to improve mental health and saves lives through the use of Art and creative pursuits.
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August: 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.

Sept: Sanctuary 21

Sanctuary 21 is an extraordinary space where individuals can rest, pray, have refreshments, have company and also overnight accommodation. There is the opportunity to find refuge and  time out from the cares and troubles of every day life. Run by the Salvation Army, additional funds are always welcome and put to good use to support this very deserving cause.

Oct: JAM

MethSoc (which is the oldest student Christian society in Durham) has combined with the Anglican student society, to form JAMSoc - Joint Methodist and Anglican Society. We welcome members of all Christian denominations. We are a close knit and friendly group of Christians who support one another in our spiritual journeys, coming to know God more closely through prayer, meditation, Bible study and discussion held throughout the week. We are also involved in community service projects and regularly hold charity events.

British LegionNovember:   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, and campaign on a range of issues affecting Service people.

Dec and Janurary 2020: Foodbank

Foodbank don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That’s why we provide three days’ nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to us in crisis. We are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

foodElvet is both a collection point for Foodbank donations (deposits may be made in the yellow collection receptacle in the church foyer) and a distribution point for referred clients needing food, toiletries and fuel vouchers.
Those who have been issued referral slips from participating agencies (e.g. from Housing Associations, job centre, Social Services etc) may collect food at Elvet every Tuesday afternoon between 1.30pm – 3pm.  The volunteers who manage this service are from within the local community and many are Elvet members.

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