2016 - 2017 Project: St Cuthberts Retail Van

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.

The church project from September 2016 to August 2017 is to help St Cuthbert’s Hospice in Durham acquire a Retail Van .

Hospice biuldingSt Cuthbert’s Hospice Retail Van

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.

shopThe 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.



We also support charities with a retiring collection after our communion services.

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