Charitable giving is an integral part of the fabric and mission of St. Helen’s. For many years the church donated about one tenth of its income to charitable causes but this percentage has slipped in the last decade. We currently give £4,500 per year to four designated charities, namely the Mali Development Group, the Dorothy Springer Trust, the Abingdon Bridge and the Abingdon Day Care Support for Alzheimer’s.

The Mali Development Group, a UK charity, is helping street children in Mali through partners such as the Mali Association of Culture and Hope. Our congregational contact is Revd Tim Hewes, who hopes to make a further visit to Mali later in 2014. More information is available on the website

The Dorothy Springer Trust, also a UK charity, is providing employment skills for the disabled in Sierra Leone. Peter Penfold, our congregational contact, is the patron of the charity and he presided over the opening of new DST offices in Freetown during his visit in February 2014. Further information is available on the website

The Abingdon Bridge, located in Bridge Street, provides support and counselling for the vulnerable in the local community. Our congregational contact is church warden Margaret Horton and more information is available on the website

The Alzheimer’s Day Care Support in Abingdon is as its name suggests and is based at the Resource and Wellbeing Centre in Audlett Drive. Our congregational contact is Ben Tonks and more information can be found by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

As well as these regular donations, from time to time ad hoc collections are made for charitable causes, usually in response to appeals by the national Disasters Emergency Committee. Over £900 was raised for the DEC Philippines Typhoon Appeal in November 2013. In addition, other organisations within the church, such as the St. Helen’s Baby and Toddler Group, raise monies for good causes.

St. Helen’s charitable giving is organised by the Charitable Giving Group (CGG), which makes recommendations to the DCC, usually after consultation with the congregation. Its present membership is Peter Penfold (Chairman), Chris Brown, Tom Hardy, Ben Tonks and Sheelin Defreyne. The CGG welcomes suggestions from members of the congregation for future giving, funds permitting.

March 2014