Elvet Methodist Church supports a different project each year, alternating between local projects, and overseas projects. The charities supported by Elvet in previous years are mentioned below.
Elvet’s project for 2016-17 is the provision of a new van for the retail fund raising section of St Cuthbert’s Hospice. The Hospice now has a total of 8 shops, with a possible additional shop in the near future, plus a furniture outlet, that together raise over £500 000, of the £2M plus, needed annually to keep the Hospice operating. (The NHS only provides about 40% of the running costs.)
The retail van provides an essential service to these shops, moving things from one to the other, collecting donated goods to deliver to the shops, delivering large items purchased in the shops, etc. Without the van, the shops would quickly become either overloaded with goods, or devoid of suitable goods to sell, and cease to properly function. The present van is becoming increasingly unreliable and expensive to maintain, and due to the increase in the number of shops (more items to carry), a new larger van is becoming essential.
The Hospice now has an 11 bedded palliative care in patient unit and an extensive day care section, plus other specialist services. St Cuthbert’s was the first adult Hospice in England to be rated as ‘Outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.
Church members Clare and Trevour Coburn do voluntary work for the Hospice, as do other Elvet members. Elvet has a long standing association with the Hospice having provided gifts and money over many years.
Fund raising events will include ‘firm favourites’ such as the Progressive dinner and Murder Mystery, and will repeat other successful events from previous years such as the ‘Call my bluff’ evening. Also planned are an Italian evening, quiz night, possibly ‘jazz in the park’, and ‘Strictly come Elvet’. Further details, with dates, will be made available in the not too distant future.
Please see the events page for forthcoming events.
The church project from September 2015 to August 2016 was to help the Grace Haven Orphanage, Myanmar
The church project from September 2014 to August 2015 was to help the South Tyneside Churches KEY Project
The church project from September 2013 to August 2014 was to help the Kwagala Trust
From September 2012 to August 2013 was to help Durham Youth for Christ with their Mentoring Scheme
From September 2011 to August 2012 was to help New Hope In Cambodia in Cambodia with Global Care
From September 2010 to August 2011 we helped asylum seekers in the Tees Valley area through Justice First.
From September 2009 to August 2010 we supported The Kwagala Trust. The previous year we supported Beverley School (a Specialist school for children and young people with autism) and the year before street children in Cambodia, supporting work done by Global Care.
We also support charities with a retiring collection after our communion services.