Many of you will know that on Festival Sunday we usually fund-raise for a charity. We've twinned toilets with projects in Africa, we've raised money to help people fighting people trafficking, last year we raised almost £3K for the Southwark Day Centre for Assylum Seekers.
This year, we're keeping charity slightly closer to home. In the Autumn of 2016 St Catherine's and Telegraph Hill Centre spent a huge amount of money and from April this year throughout the Summer we are launching a fundraising campaign to raise £30,000 to reboot our reserves.
Telegraph Hill and the surrounding areas of New Cross Gate, Hatcham, Brockley and Nunhead are some of the best places in London to live.
What makes them special is the real sense of community - whether that's experienced through the local schools, the parks, the festivals, the local pubs and cafes, St Catherine's Church and the Telegraph Hill Centre - it's what everyone loves about this corner of south east London.
We've all invested in this area over the decades - building the Telegraph Hill Centre, renovating the parks, creating the Hill Station cafe, fundraising for local schools, and redeveloping Sommerville Youth Centre.
Many have made generous contributions for the good of the whole community. That's the culture here and it is something we love and feel very proud to be a part of.
But it's not all roses … Between October 2016 and April 2017 St Catherine's Church and the Telegraph Hill Centre shared some challenging bills.
That's a total cost of £97,000. St Catherine's and Telegraph Hill Centre have used their reserves to pay for this work (although we have received £20,000 in grants to assist us.) It has put both organisations in a tough place financially. We're not in the red, but we do need your help.
We need to raise at least £30,000 from this community - from the church congregation, from local people and organisations.
More would be lovely. But let's aim for £30,000. That sounds like a lot. But actually, if 600 people responded to this message and gave us £50, we'd do it. And we're in touch with around 4000 individuals.
This is not about paying bills. We've done that already.
This is about investing in the future of our community and ensuring that all the good things which spring from St Catherine's Church and Telegraph Hill Centre working together with this community can continue to thrive. The money raised will be split equally between Church and Centre and put into a Capital Works Fund for each to call upon.
What if you raise more than £30,000? Well, if we do, we'll look at how we can start to use the additional funds for redecorating the Centre or enhancing parts of the Church.If we raise more than £40,000 we will look at investing in better lighting for both spaces, and in the Centre's case some better furniture too.
If you're at church this Sunday, look out for the yellow gift aid envelopes that you could use for your gift.
Every penny counts.
We are living in challenging times.
Strong communities are needed more than ever to weather these storms. Activities like Telegraph Hill Festival, the annual Panto, the many classes, events and support the Centre provides daily, often for no cost, and the support both the Centre and Church have given the Festival, Hill Station and other local initiatives are all part of that mix.
No matter who you are, there is a home for you here. Both Church and Centre are vital to ensuring that everyone in our community can continue to thrive. We need your help. We can't do this alone.
Whatever your connection to St Catherine's or the Telegraph Hill Centre (Marriage, Panto, Baptism, Festival, Sunday worship, Pilates class, Carol Service, AA meeting) we're asking you to contribute to the #BigBillChipIn.
Every penny you give will be split equally between St Catherine's Church and the Telegraph Hill Centre.
Thank you for your support
What’s Our Fundraising Plan?
There will be bucket collections at various events throughout the Festival.
Please give what you can then. A bucket of spare change can make a real difference.
We will shortly be getting charitable status after which we wil launch a Just Giving campaign to enable people to contribute more substantially.
Help us right now!
You can send a cheque made payable to St Catherine Hatcham PCC and write on the back #BigBillChipIn and your name, address & e-mail so that we can keep in contact with you.
Send your cheques to:
Telegraph Hill Centre BigBillChipIN
London SE14 5TY
If you are a tax payer, please email revsheridanjames
@gmail.com & she will send you a GIFT AID form. That makes you contribution worth 25% more to us, at no extra cost to you.
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