We respond to the consequences of warfare and natural disasters
When warfare breaks out in this troubled world many innocent civilians, especially women and children, suffer. When major natural disasters happen, such as earthquakes or hurricanes,
many can be left badly injured and destitute. Often the scale of help needed is enormous, so we try to do our bit by donating annually to some of the major aid agencies, such as Oxfam and Save the Children, who have the resources to get help where it’s most needed as quickly as possible.
We respond to disasters
In addition to the annual donations mentioned above, when a disaster occurs, such as the civil war in Syria or Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, we try to respond quickly, usually by making a one-off donation to the UK Disasters Emergency Committee, who channel the funds received to the aid agencies best placed to bring help.
Support for other causes
We receive appeals from hundreds of charities annually and it’s impossible for us to support them all, but we do our best to help, typically those involved in the relief of suffering, or research into the causes and treatment of illness and disease. Because our funds are limited we cannot afford to donate more than £300, so we have a bias towards smaller charities with less than £5m turnover, and we also look carefully at the proportion of money spent on governance and marketing before making a decision.
Are you a UK Registered Charity? If so, you can put your request in writing by post. We will discuss any new requests at our quarterly Trustee meetings. We are sorry, but we are unable to respond to all requests. We will contact you if we decide to make a donation.
How we have helped
In 2013 we made donations of just over £100,000, summarised in the chart below:
A quick look at the websites of the major aid agencies, such as Oxfam and Save the Children is all that’s needed to make us realise how many trouble spots there are in the world today.
When a humanitarian disaster such as the civil war in Syria or Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines grabs the attention of the media, the British public responds generously. From our small community more than 40% of donations in 2013 went to these two desperate causes.
However, there are many other worthy causes; perhaps researching the cause of disease, or supporting a local hospice, or providing self-help in underdeveloped countries. In 2013 we supported nearly 150 such causes with a donation of £300 each.
We’re very much aware of how little we are able to give in relation to the need, and how pitiful our best efforts are in comparison to the blessings of the Kingdom of God which His Son will establish when he returns to the earth. We pray it will not be long now!