Cystic Fibrosis Trust

The St Giles Charity for September is the Cystic Fibrosis Trust. The Cystic Fibrosis Trust is a charity that supports those who have been born with Cystic Fibrosis (CF) and their families. Our family asked St Giles to support this charity in September as this is the month that our youngest daughter Beth was born in 2014. At three weeks old we received a phone call from our doctor to say that Beth’s heel prick test result had come back and suggested she has been born with CF. This news caused our life to fall to pieces for a number of months and was heart-breaking for everyone in the wider circle of our family and friends. Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic condition that affects 10,500 people in the UK. CF is a life limiting condition that predominantly affects the lungs by causing them to clog up with sticky mucus. CF also affects the pancreas, liver, bowel, and nose and can affect fertility. 1 in 25 of us carries the faulty gene that causes it, usually without knowing - as was our case.

The CF Trust is a fantastic charity. They have helped us numerous times in the first years of Beth’s life. Firstly, the Trust supports CF sufferers and their families by providing educational materials to people at all stages of their life from diagnosis, to preschool, primary, secondary and onto adulthood. Secondly, they invest a great deal of time and money into ground-breaking research to help everyone with CF. Thirdly, they raise awareness and help campaign for the rights of those with CF, including supporting petitions and protests to gain access to life changing medicines. Finally they support the families of those affected by CF by driving up standards of care in the UK and by creating the CF UK registry tracking trends in the condition to identify where the Trust’s efforts should be targeted.

Throughout September there will be a number of events around the parish to help raise awareness and funds for the CF Trust. There will be cake sales after family services, a raffle with a top prize of a luxury hamper and the big event - the Great Farnborough Bake Off. The Bake Off will be on Sunday 15th September from 3.30pm - 5.30pm in Farnborough Village Hall. The event is for budding bakers - adults and children - to bake their masterpiece at home and bring it to the competition. There will be various categories: biscuits, cupcakes, sweet and savoury pastry and the exciting Show Stopper cakes! There will also be games, cake and biscuit decorating, the Grand Raffle and an auction of the Show Stopper cakes (with baker’s permission). We ran a similar event back in 2016 – a huge success – and look forward to seeing many of you there to make 2019 an even more successful occasion.

Kath and David Barclay

Charities to be supported 2019

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.  

Eddie 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 charities are 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 any information about the Charity in Focus scheme, do please get in touch with us.

We are now giving some thoughts to the charities that we would like to support in 2020. If there is a cause close to your heart that you would like to actively sponsor then do please put your idea forward for consideration.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267

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:
Stan & Ollie (2018)

Monday 23rd September 8:00
St. Giles Centre

Stan & Ollie is a biographical comedy-drama film directed by Jon S. Baird and written by Jeff Pope. Based on the later years of the lives of the comedy double act Laurel and Hardy, the film stars Steve Coogan and John C. Reilly as Stan Laurel and Oliver Hardy.

It premiered in October 2018 at the BFI London Film Festival.

The film was released in the United States on 28 December 2018 and in the United Kingdom on 11 January 2019.  

The film focuses on details of the comedy duo's personal relationship while relating how they embarked on a grueling music hall tour of the United Kingdom and Ireland during 1953 and struggled to get another film made.  

At the 76th Golden Globe Awards, Reilly was nominated for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy, and at the 72nd British Academy Film Awards the film earned three nominations, including Best British Film and Best Actor in a Leading Role for Coogan.