Every year All Saints' actively supports a different charity - alternately a domestic and overseas organisation - with many in the congregation participating in a wide range of fund raising activities including: sales of produce, sponsored walks, runs and marathons; pub quizzes and wine tastings. We welcome any suggestions and participation.
Our current parish charity 2019-2020 is Dimbleby Cancer Care. The charity was set up in 1966 in memory of renowned broadcaster Richard Dimbleby to help make life better for people facing cancer in the UK today (see below). It provides practical and psychological support for people living with cancer, their families and carers.
Thanks to the magnificent efforts of the organisers and supporters of a multitude of events and initiatives , we have exceeded our target of £10,000. Well done to all involved.
We will be choosing the next charity to support, for 2020/21, at the Annual Parochial Church Meeting on 5 April – an international one this time, as we alternate between international and domestic charities.We welcome any suggestions for fund raising initiatives. Please contact Father William, firstname.lastname@example.org, or any church officers or members of the PCC (see Contacts).
Congratulations to Candy Johnson, whose sponsored outdoor swim at Charlton Lido (in appalling weather) on Sunday 23 February was one of the final fundraising events in aid of Dimbleby Cancer Care before we nominate a new parish charity. She has raised £870 and counting.
This year's charity: Dimbleby Cancer Care
In April 2019, the church adopted “Dimbleby Cancer Care”, providing practical and psychological support for people living with cancer, their families and carers. . It is based at Guy’s Cancer Centre, London.
The charity was set up in 1966 following the untimely death at 52, from cancer, of Richard Dimbleby, one of Britain’s best loved broadcasters. Richard contracted cancer at a time when its mere mention was a taboo. His decision to go public did a huge amount to challenge and overcome that taboo. Richard’s early death shocked the nation. They wanted to mark their respect in some way, so Richard’s widow, Dilys, suggested they should send donations with which to set up a charity to support people with cancer. The response was huge, and thus the Richard Dimbleby Cancer Fund was established (it’s name was changed to Dimbleby Cancer Care in 2005).
Its mission is to help make life better for people facing cancer in the UK today in the following three ways:
- through an online directory of support services called cancercaremap.org, launched in 2018. By typing in a postcode, local services and organisations can be searched that are there for support both during and beyond cancer treatment. There are also other helpline and online resources.
- through the Information and Support centres.
- Dimbleby Cancer Care provides front-line support at the drop-in services at Guy’s Cancer Centre in London and at the Dimbleby Macmillan Support Centre at Queen Mary’s, Sidcup. The specialist nurses and therapists work alongside doctors, cancer nurse specialists and other health professionals offering support and information to anyone affected by cancer, be they patients or families or carers. All services are free of charge.
- through the Dimbleby Cancer Care Research Fund. Less than 5% of all cancer research funding is spent on researching the care needs of cancer patients, their carers and families, and how best to meet them. With more of us living longer with cancer it is vital that cancer care is improved and made available universally through first class research.
Dimbleby Cancer Care is one of the only charitable funders in this vital field. Whether through looking at the problems experienced by older carers, or the challenges of sharing cancer information with children, Dimbleby Cancer Care is actively funding research most others don’t.
The charity receives no government funding and relies solely on public donations.
For more information on the work of the charity, please visit their website on www.dimblebycancercare.org and do come and support us at one of our fundraising events!
Past Parish Charities
At the ACPM (the annual AGM of the church), charities are proposed to members of the congregation by those who have a link with or an interest in the work of the particular charities. This is then voted on and the winner will then be the focus of fundraising activities until Lent the following year. The proposer of the charity will take the lead in organising and co-ordinating events, which usually are wide-ranging and often great fun.
Charities which we have supported and in which we take a continuing interest include:
Also: St Raphael's Hospital, Koroguwe, jetcharity.org, Diocese of Lesotho (no web link)
Other charity work
While the main focus is the parish charity, there are other charities that are supported during the year, for example, the Robes Project, when the clergy and young people sleep out at Southwark Cathedral, and during Lent, the church supports the Bishop’s projects chosen both here in the Diocese of Southwark and in the link Dioceses in Zimbabwe.