Our July Charity Appeal

As a church community, we are committed to raising money for those less fortunate than ourselves as well as continuing to work hard to balance our own books. This year, we are nominating a different charity to support each month. We have a box at the back of church for cash donations and you can use the card reader in church to make your donation too.

During the month of July, we are turning our attention to the work of Rennie Grove Hospice Care. The work of this local charity is well-known to at least one member of our congregation and we record below the moving testimony of a local musician who has reason to reflect on their wonderful work. He writes:

When I first met them, mum was recovering from her rounds of chemo-therapy. I remember working from her home in Monk’s Risborough as we were all confined and shielding together through Covid and trying to make sense of a world that was falling apart all around me, while also working a 12+ hour day. I was afraid, and if I am truthful to myself, resented the thought of hospice nurses anywhere near my beloved mother because their presence was a signal of what was to come. Part of me was terrified of ‘demons in purple scrubs’ who had come to prepare us all for the inevitable. How wrong my initial perception was.

Mum would light up like a space-ship with Debbie and Fiona would arrive for weekly visits – over many months I watched how the team operated with all the kindness and compassion in God’s great universe. My prayers had been answered in that Rennie Grove helped to teach me what I needed to do to be as hands-on as possible with my mother’s care. They became part of the family as the weekly visits became bi-weekly, then several times a week, and then every day…. and boy did they pull out all the stops during the last few weeks of mother’s cancer journey. They were always there when you needed them. Even mum realised the treatment she was receiving was world-class so she made donations to the charity in her final days so she could also help others in need.

Might I also mention the aftercare – I believe they gave me 10 sessions of grief counselling and continued to support as an organisation long after, as well as follow up calls from Debbie and Fiona after mum’s passing. All of this operation is run by donations and they need every penny, and deserve all the help they can get.

To find out more about the charity’s work, click this link.

In June, we supported a local charity committed to providing support for families with children with life-limiting illnesses.

In May we were able to send Christian Aid £165 to support the amazing work they have been doing around the world over the last 75 years.

Our April charity was Thames Hospice which has been serving the community of East Berkshire and South Buckinghamshire for more than 36 years.  Thames Hospice works in partnership with local healthcare colleagues to provide specialist palliative and end-of-life care services to people aged 16 and over in their own homes and within the Hospice.  It delivers care that is agile and responsive, giving patients and their families choices about the care they receive, supporting the physical, social and psychological needs of patients and their loved ones. Thames Hospice receives a 26% financial contribution towards their operating costs funded by NHS England and need to raise over £38,000 each day to fund services 365 days a year to the people who need them most.  Click this link to find out more about their wonderful work.

Letter from Thames Hospice: “I am writing to share our thanks for the generous donation we received of £152 from the Church of St Nicholas Taplow.  £152 could fund a Nurse at Thames Hospice for 7 hours,     making a real difference to the care we can offer our patients.  We wouldn’t be able to offer our services without the support of our lovely community; heartfelt thanks once again for supporting us”.

Our March Charity Appeal: This began on Sunday, 3rd March with a jam and cake sale which raised £320 for Transform Trade which is a global community of farmers, workers, collectives, campaigners, donors and supporters who work together for trade that values people over profit.  The money we raise will go to help women in Bangladesh to set up and run community shops so they can buy household essentials locally rather than travelling 10km to the local market.  Click this link to learn more about this wonderful project.

Our February Charity Appeal was for USPG (United Society for Partners in the Gospel working with churches worldwide in God’s mission to enliven faith, strengthen relationships, unlock potential and champion justice. USPG has three strategic aims: Rethinking Mission, Energising Church and Championing Justice. We raised £142 for this cause during the month.

Our First Charity Appeal this year was for our own Taplow for Ukraine campaign: we supported Maidenhead URC work in sending another lorryload of items to Ukraine for those in need. There was also the opportunity to donate money which is badly needed there.

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