October 2020 -
Poverty and Hope

The Diocese of Rochester Poverty and Hope Appeal is our annual fundraising opportunity to express our Christian belief in justice for the poor. Through the appeal, we show our commitment to tackling the causes and effects of poverty in different parts of the world. The 2019 Appeal raised £29,200 for the Appeal’s chosen projects.

Following a delay caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020 Poverty and Hope Appeal has now been launched. Bishop James writes

“Here in our Diocese our annual Poverty and Hope Appeal is one way that we seek to see God’s justice done in our world.  I am always inspired by the generosity of people across our communities”.

Watch and Download a video message from Bishop James

The Appeal continues to support projects in Burundi, Sri Lanka, Syria, Zimbabwe and Kent, UK.

They are summarised in our 2020 brochure and explained in more depth in the detailed projects information note.

For all resources follow the link on the Rochaster Diocese website - the address is at the top of this page..

Charities to be supported 2020

Month Charity
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergency
March Hearing Dogs for the Deaf
April / May Christian Aid
(May / June The Parish Fete)
July / August The Primrose Trust
September Friends of St. Giles
October Poverty and Hope
November CRISIS
December The Maypole Project

Charities supported in 2019

Month Charity  
Jan / Feb ZANE - Zimbabwe A National Emergencu  £753
March Guide Dogs for the Blind £543
April / May Christian Aid £948
(May / June The Parish Fete) £4557)
July / August Friends of St. Giles £320
September The Cystic Fibrosis Trust £482
October Poverty and Hope £722
November CRISIS £623
December Welcare in Bromley £988
Total (excl. Parish Fete) £5379
Total for 2018 £6171

2019 once again saw many different charities supported. The issues associated with each charity were raised for consideration by the congregation. We are very grateful for all those who have worked so hard to sponsor a charity, and for all the people who have contributed to the various collections.

The Farnborough Bake Off raised an additional £1287 for The Cystic Fibrosis Trust

Eddie Roberts


Charity Film Evenings

These are suspended until further notice.

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.

Eddie Roberts, 01689 851267