January - Zimbabwe A National Emergency (ZANE)

I have been moved to support the work of ZANE (Zimbabwe a National Emergency) following the account of one of our parishioners whose family were forced from their farm in rural Zimbabwe and the destitution and poverty that they and their farm workers experienced as a consequence.

ZANE is a small charity with few overheads and does an outstanding and vital work often in dangerous and fraught circumstances. Thank you in advance for your help and support in this.

This appeal is in memory of Isobel Osbourne who lived in Zimbabwe and was a keen supporter of ZANE. Sadly she died last year. Matthew

Over five million people in Zimbabwe require urgent food aid – a huge number of them children. In addition, thousands of children are not attending school, their parents unable to afford the school fees.

Zimbabwe is a country in Southern Africa facing famine and extreme poverty. ZANE: Zimbabwe a National Emergency is a UK based charity providing aid and relief to the most impoverished communities in Zimbabwe. ZANE helps us reach more children in desperate need of help.

Some key facts about Zimbabwe today:

• Zimbabwe is now one of the poorest countries in the world.

• Over five million people require urgent food aid.

• Zimbabwe has no welfare state. Children can only attend school if their parents can pay the school fees. People can only receive medical treatment if they can afford to pay for it.

• Over 90% of people are unemployed.

NNine reasons to support ZANE:

1. ZANE provides aid, comfort and support to 1,800 impoverished pensioners with nowhere else to turn. Only those genuinely in need of assistance receive it.

2. Donors can choose which area of ZANE’s work they wish to support.

3. ZANE was recently the Telegraph Group Overseas Charity of the year.

4. ZANE is looking after over 600 aged and frail veterans and their widows. These people fought for the Crown in WW2, Malaya, Korea and Aden. Despite their loyal service to the UK, the overwhelming majority are living with insufficient food and limited healthcare.

5. ZANE runs education programmes in the high-density areas assisting women and children living in extreme poverty.

6. ZANE funded the first clubfoot correction programme in Zimbabwe. Eleven treatment centres have been established and over 3,440 children have received treatment to date.

7. ZANE funds the provision of prosthetic limbs for victims of landmine explosions and treatment for people with hearing loss.

8. ZANE's funds are subject to rigorous audit and ZANE is proud that since its foundation it has never lost money to collapsed banks, middlemen or corruption.

9. An independent consultancy reviewed ZANE and the report stated: “The charity thrives on its responsiveness, flexibility and lack of bureaucracy. Operationally ZANE is frugal, focused and effective in delivering aid to the needy.

” If you want to save a life then please support ZANE MAKING A DIFFERENCE

• £240 covers the entire cost of the treatment for one child with clubfoot

• £490 will bring the gift of sound to one child

• £550 will pay for the equipment for twelve children attending a popup classroom in a township for an entire year.

Charities to be supported 2019

This is the provisional list of charities to be supported in 2019. The list is subject to PCC. approval.

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu
March Guide Dogs for the Blind
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August Friends of St. Giles
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December Welcare in Bromley

Many thanks to all who have agreed to sponsor one of this year’s charities.  

Helen Roberts

See below for totals raised for charity 2018.


About Charity in Focus

In matters of faith and religion talk can be easy.  The bible teaches us that if we cannot love the brother or sister who we can see how can we love God who we cannot. At St. Giles we seek to put love into action by supporting a range of charities and good causes.  

There is obviously a tremendous amount of need in our own country and across the world with many charities seeking our support. During the course of the year a number of designated charity is supported by our community.  Funds are raised in various ways including Coffee Mornings, Cake Sales, donations and sponsored events. 

There are specific charities which are supported each year on a regular basis,  the remaining months are available for parishioners to choose a charity whose aims and objectives are close to their heart. If you would like to sponsor a charity, or any further information,  then please contact our co-ordinator:

If you would like any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with our co-ordinator: Helen Roberts, contact details above.

Money Raised 2018:

Month Charity
Jan/Feb Certitude £277
March MIND £388
April/May Christian Aid* £1,710
(May/June The Parish Fete £3,329)
Jul/Aug London City Mission /
Church Mission Society
September Friends of St. Giles £415
October Poverty and Hope £587
November Crisis £693
December Welcare in Bromley £1,232
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £6,171
  (Total in 2017 £6,820)

* excludes street collections.


Charity Film Night: Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Wednesday 16th January
8.00 for 8.15pm  in St. Giles Centre,

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again is a 2018 jukebox musical romantic comedy film written and directed by Ol Parker, from a story by Parker, Catherine Johnson, and Richard Curtis. It is a follow-up to the 2008 film Mamma Mia!, which in turn is based on the musical of the same name using the music of ABBA.

The film features an ensemble cast, including Lily James, Amanda Seyfried, Christine Baranski, Julie Walters, Pierce Brosnan, Andy García, Dominic Cooper, Colin Firth, Stellan Skarsgård, Jessica Keenan Wynn, Alexa Davies, Jeremy Irvine, Josh Dylan, Hugh Skinner, Cher, and Meryl Streep.

Both a prequel and a sequel, the plot is set after the events of the first film, and also features flashbacks to 1979, telling the story of Donna Sheridan's arrival on the island of Kalokairi and her first meetings with her daughter Sophie's three possible fathers.   Due to the financial success of the first film, Universal Pictures had long been interested in a sequel. The film was officially announced in May 2017, with Parker hired to write and direct. In June 2017, many of the original cast confirmed their involvement, with James being cast in the role of Young Donna that July. Filming took place from August to December 2017 in Croatia, and at Shepperton Studios in Surrey, England.

A British and American joint venture, the film was co-produced by Playtone, Littlestar Productions and Legendary Entertainment.  

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again premiered at the Hammersmith Apollo in London on July 16, 2018, and was released in the United Kingdom and the United States on July 20, 2018, ten years to the week after its predecessor's release, in both standard and IMAX formats.

The film has been a box office success, grossing over $393 million worldwide and received generally positive reviews, with critics praising the performances and musical numbers.