Holy Trinity Seer Green & Jordans

Giving to Charity

At Holy Trinity we place great empasis on our partnerships with a number of charities which are close to our hearts including Kisiizi Hospital, Water Aid and Christian Aid. The PCC Charities sub-committee comes together at the start of each year to agree which charities will become each month's "Charity focus". We encourage members from the charitable organisation or from our congregation to talk about the work that each charity does at the Charity Focus service, and in this way we highlight the hard work that all these organisations do to improve the lives of others. 

The amount given to each month's chosen charity is the entire takings from all the services held at Holy Trinity on the second Sunday of each month. Additional contributions can be made to the selected charity at other times of the month by using the blue collecting envelopes that are available in church.

During December we will be supporting three charities: The Children's Society, Padstones and Medecins Sans Frontieres.

The Children’s Society:   Right now, in Britain today, there are children and young people who feel scared, unloved and unable to cope. Alone in the world, these are the children and young people that The Children’s Society work with.  They listen. They support. They act. They help make small changes that make a big difference.

There are no simple answers - often it is complex - so the Society works with others to help tackle these problems.  Only together can they make a difference, not just to individual lives but to the lives of millions of children both now and in the future.  Because no child should feel alone.

Their supporters around the country fund their services and join their campaigns to show children and young people that they are on their side.

Padstones: This is a Buckinghamshire-based charity that provides support in an accommodation setting for young people aged 16 to 25 years who are vulnerable and at risk.  Padstones offers accommodation in two small residential projects in Burnham and High Wycombe, which are staffed 24 hours a day.  For those in need it offers a safe haven.  Many charities offer a bed for the night but accommodation is often only part of the problem.  Padstones offers a blend of accommodation, 24-hour support, advice, essential life skills such as managing a budget, housekeeping and residents commit to continuing their educations or training.  It’s about enabling and empowering young people to make informed choices and decisions that affect them.

For young people ready to move on from the higher support units, Padstones offers other accommodation with lower level support.  This stage is to prepare the young person further towards being completely independent.  A Floating Support Working is available to assist when the time comes to move on.

Padstones believes that prevention is better than cure and money spent now in helping young homeless people brings savings later on.  They also make presentations and give talks to schools, young groups and other organisation on preventing homelessness in the first place.

Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) is an international humanitarian non-governmental organization best known for its projects in war-torn regions and developing countries affected by endemic diseases.

In 2015, over 30,000 personnel — mostly local doctors, nurses and other medical professionals, logistical experts, water and sanitation engineers and administrators — provided medical aid in over 70 countries. The vast majority of staff are volunteers. Private donors provide about 90% of the organisation's funding, while corporate donations provide the rest, giving MSF an annual budget of approximately US$1.63 billion.

Here's the full list of charities that were supported between January and December 2017:

January:  J John's "Just One" Event (held in July)

February: Papyrus

March:  Kisiizi Hospital, Uganda

April:  The Archdeaconry of Buckingham Clergy Charity

May:  Christian Aid

June:  St Andrews Family Project, High Wycombe

July:  Bible Society

August:  WorkAid

September:  Young Carers Bucks

October: One Can Hope

November: Combat Stress

December: The Children's Society, Padstones, Médecins Sans Frontières