Please Support Your Community!
As you will know, the pandemic has been a disruptive and financially trying time for charities. In our case, Holy Trinity does not receive any outside support from bodies such as the Archdiocese or the Patriarchate, so we as a community are solely responsible for all running expenses, including major costs such as our priest's salary and Oxford accommodation. We normally provide these through the generosity of individual donors, and through our volunteer-run fundraising efforts. However, when health advice and regulations closed the church or reduced the number permitted to attend services, we faced acute financial difficulty as cash donations dropped off or stopped completely. Even more damaging to our budget was losing about £10,000 in income after fundraisers had to be cancelled, notably two cycles of the Parish concert, food fair, and summer barbeque.
The Parish Council has worked hard to offset income losses through back-claiming Gift Aid, increasing online donations, reducing some expenses, and accessing relevant support schemes. Plans are also now underway to resume our traditional fundraisers in 2022, but the accumulated deficit is concerning, and we have decided to appeal directly to the community in an effort to cover the immediate shortfall. We know that, in addition to charities, the pandemic has also been a difficult time for many people's personal finances. However, if you have the ability to support us on a more regular basis, the most effective way is to set up a monthly standing order. These regular offerings support all the important activities of the community as well as stabilising financial planning for both parties. If you already have a standing order in place thank you, and please consider increasing the monthly amount if you can. To set up a standing order or to amend the one you have, please get in touch by emailing our treasurer ().
You may also print and fill in the standing order form, then sign it and send it to your bank. If you'd like to apply Gift Aid to your donation — which allows us to claim an additional 25% from HMRC at no extra cost to you — fill in the Gift Aid form if you are eligible, tick the box at the bottom and return a copy of the completed form to the Treasurer for our records. (The Gift Aid form does not need to be signed.)
Remembering Patricia Scott
Patricia Scott was an exemplary friend and parish volunteer who actively cared for an exceptionally wide network of people. She was Senior Nurse at Sobell House, served on the Holy Trinity and Joint Parish Councils, and was a trustee for the House of Ss Gregory & Macrina. Patricia also enthusiastically participated in and supported the hospitality and charitable work undertaken by the Auxiliary Association of St Andrew, which is now launching two projects in her memory — a newly commissioned icon from Crete, and a garden bench. There are a number of ways you can donate to support those projects:
- You can use our JustGiving page:
- You can donate to us using PayPal:
If you make your donation using PayPal, please also send an email to our treasurer () to let him know that the amount is meant for the “Patricia” fundraiser.
- You can donate to us by text message, by texting PATRICIA followed by a space followed by the amount you would like to donate to 70470. For example, if you wanted to donate £10, you would text PATRICIA 10 to 70470. Your text would cost the amount you are donating plus two standard rate messages and you’d be opting in to hear more about our work and fundraising via telephone, SMS, or email. If you'd like to give £10 but do not wish to receive marketing communications, text PATRICIANOINFO 10 to 70470.