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Each year we give away part of our income to other charities. The overall amount given depends on our own total income. Similarly we try to vary who we give to.

This is in addition to special appeals for victims of floods, earthquakes, hurricanes and other disasters.

Our giving, excluding appeals for disasters, includes sums to the following charities. For more information about the charities and their work, click on the appropriate link.

Combat Stress
Nominated by : Lucy Docherty

Registered Charity No: 206002

Combat Stress is the UK’s leading charity for veterans’ mental health. For almost a century, they have helped former servicemen and women deal with trauma-related mental health issues such as anxiety, depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

Over the past five years Combat Stress has seen an average of more than 2,000 referrals each year. Demand for services continues to grow – the charity has seen a 143% increase in referrals from ten years ago.

On average it takes 12 years after leaving the military for veterans to contact Combat Stress for help, by which time their condition is often highly complex.

Today they provide support to veterans from every service and every conflict, on the phone and online, in the community, and at their treatment centres. Examples of the support they offer include a specialist post-traumatic stress disorder treatment programme, occupational therapy, a peer support service and a free 24-hour Helpline.

I first started to support Combat Stress in 1982 when my husband Paul was serving in the Royal Navy in the Falklands war. They were looking for local supporters to fund raise and I was happy to help as I knew how much they would be needed when the war was over. In 1995, 13 years later, when Paul was in command of HMS Nottingham one of the crew suffered serious flashbacks to the Falklands conflict and became so unwell that ultimately, he left the RN. Combat Stress was a life line for him as it has been for many others both before and since.

Friends without Borders (Portsmouth)
Nominated by : Revd Sally Davenport

Registered Charity No: 1080187

Friends without Borders (FwB) was established in 2014 and is a charity that helps asylum seekers, refugees and immigrants within the Portsmouth area to access support when few other services remain available to them. They provide two ongoing projects which aim to problem-solve, reduce isolation and challenge the discrimination faced by their clients.

  1. The All Saints Drop-in (10am-1pm Mondays and Thursdays) that provides advice and advocacy to clients. They now have 17 volunteers working there.
  2. Access to Justice - a project that offers the only free Legal Immigration Advice service between Brighton and Southampton. They deal with difficult and complex cases of people who are often unable to gain support from elsewhere.

In 2016 they had 250 clients (some for many visits), made over £17,000 in payments to destitute asylum seekers which was a record amount and indicates the growing level of need for families and individuals in the Portsmouth area.

I have become aware of Friends without Borders through the asylum seekers and refugees we meet at Fareham police station when they come to report to the Home Office. In spite of limited financial resources, FwB offers a safe haven, practical and legal advice to distressed people, all of whom have suffered much. With their volunteers and supporters, they make a vital difference to the lives of some of the poorest people in our communities.

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF)
Nominated by : Revd Sally Davenport

Registered Charity No: 1026588

Medecins Sans Frontieres/Doctors Without Borders (MSF) is a leading independent humanitarian organization for emergency medical aid. In more than 60 countries worldwide, MSF provides relief to the victims of war, natural disasters and epidemics irrespective of race, religion, gender or political affiliation. In 2016 UK volunteers were working in 32 countries. MSF was awarded the 1999 Nobel Peace Prize.

I have always admired MSF – they are often the first to go in to an emergency and the last to leave. Often their logisticians have to transform burned out buildings quickly into modern hospitals. As well as binding wounds, performing life-giving operations and treating disease, for the last 20 years they have been caring for patients’ mental health and helping treat the invisible wounds of people who have lived through terrible events.

In 2016 MSF’s mental health teams performed more than 282,300 individual and group counselling sessions worldwide.

They greatly value local insight and so their mental health supervisors and psychosocial counsellors are drawn from local communities who can connect with patients – many of them children - at a deep level and help them recover from their traumas.

Independent, impartial, neutral. MSF is funded by people like us.

Open Doors
Nominated by : Katharine Lancey

Registered Charity No: 1125684

Open Doors is a Christian ministry serving persecuted Christians and churches worldwide. It supplies bibles, leadership training, literacy programmes, livelihood support and advocacy services.

Open Doors value statement is: - “We believe that a wholesome, dynamic and loving community is the cornerstone upon which our vision—of a world where every persecuted Christian is supported and prayed for by other Christians—can become a reality. We seek to develop an environment in which people can flourish as they serve God and each other, a place where they will grow in their skills and where their potential is realised”. Open Doors is providing food and shelter in areas such as Syria and Iraq.

What can we do? Pastor Douglas in Iraq says “we need prayer in order to keep going so pray for us, now that we feel so desperate.”

I support Open Doors as I feel passionate about justice and freedom to express our beliefs by actions and words. So many countries do not have this freedom as we do; they are often imprisoned or killed for just being a Christian. We can all pray for persecuted Christians and we can supply funds for food, shelter and other daily needs all of which we take for granted in this country.

Samaritans (of Portsmouth and East Hampshire)
Nominated by : Maurice Shergold

Registered Charity No: 1173720

Samaritans - helping people in Portsmouth and East Hampshire have been helping people for over 50 years and cover a semi-circle above the coast, including: Gosport, Fareham, Petersfield, Havant.

Samaritans of Portsmouth and East Hampshire provide a much valued service to our local community. Our volunteers offer emotional support and a listening ear to anyone who is in despair, distress or experiencing suicidal feelings. We can be contacted by phone, email or text/SMS - or by visiting us at our centre in North End (no appointment required). We provide a confidential and non-judgemental listening service 24 hours a day - 365 days a year.

We have links with the mental health team at Queen Alexandra Hospital and a number of local GP surgeries who offer a referral to Samaritans to appropriate patients. We can then provide these individuals with emotional support during a difficult time in their lives. We are aiming to develop further partnerships of this sort.

In addition to our schools and talks programmes, we also provide an outreach service aimed at population groups at particular risk of suicide. We also work closely with Network Rail staff to reduce the level of suicides.

For some 50 years the Parish responded in support of the work of the Samaritans with a House to House Collection. Two years ago, like many other Charities, the Samaritans found this is not a sustainable way of raising funds and called an end to the activity. Still in need of money to run their much used organisation I am pleased that the Parish is to donate part of its Giving to support their work.

Train-a-Priest Fund
Nominated by : David Morgan

Train-a-Priest (TAP) Fund, provide much needed financial support to Church of England ordinands and their families. Over 4.6 million has been raised since 1952 and, as the Church Times keeps nothing for administering the fund, every penny goes to help train the next generation of priests.

The TAP Fund was set up by Rosamund Essex, Editor of the Church Times, in 1952 at a time when the number of Church of England ordinands who were married with children increased sharply. Since then the Fund has existed mainly to provide support for the dependents of married ordinands in theological college training, although dioceses can also draw on the Fund to support single ordinands.

More than 5,933 ordinands and their families have received valuable help from the Fund over the years. The assessment of grants is undertaken by the Ministry Division of the Archbishops’ Council, with the average grant made last year being £960.00.

Since Revd Ruth and Revd Garry moved on, interregnums are getting longer and longer and will probably get worse. The major factor is the continuing decline in the number of stipendiary clergy as at present 25% are over the age of 60 nearing retirement. So, therefore, it becomes more imperative that we not only pray for more vocations but also support ordinands in every way we can. sThis is a charity worthy of our parishes support if we really value our full time clergy.