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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.

The Rainbow Centre
Nominated by : Heather Stewart

The Rainbow Centre is a small local Charity based in Fareham which inspires and supports children with Cerebral Palsy and adults with a stroke, MS, Parkinson’s, adult Cerebral Palsy, Head Injury and their families.

Through a system of learning called Conductive Education it encourages and teaches the children/participants to take an active role in their own development with the aim of achieving levels of independence. They learn new ways to become active and happy individuals who are proud of their own achievements and ready for life’s challenges. The Charity focuses on what you can do and inspires all children/participants to reach their full potential. It helps families to understand their child/participant’s particular needs. It gives advice and support and works in partnership with educational and medical professionals.

The Charity receives no state funding. It needs £45,000 every month to provide its vital services. They solely depend on donations and fundraising. It is a well-run charity and achieves great results.

We have a 7-year-old grandson (Felix) who has cerebral palsy. He has been going regularly to the Rainbow Centre since he was 18 months old, and now that he is at a mainstream school, he attends The Rainbow Centre 2 Saturday mornings a month. The Rainbow Centre has helped and supported our daughter and her family by providing a complex programme promoting the development of social-emotional, communication, cognitive and physical skills. This is done in a cheerful happy way and with compassion. The daily routine includes a series of tasks carried out using different body positions. The skills that are learned in these various positions will be applied in activities throughout the day and in their everyday lives. All this has given the family and Felix such hope coupled with the great joy which comes with every improvement. He is able to speak, write and sit up with assurance. We are very proud of him and grateful to the Rainbow Centre for all the improvements they have secured for him and all their other participants.

Open Doors
Nominated by : Katharine Lancey

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.

Idiopathic Intracranial Hypertension (IIH)
Nominated by : Mike and Tricia King

We are nominating the charity IIH UK (Charity Number 1143522) as our daughter Leanne was diagnosed with this rare condition 3 years ago.

The space surrounding the brain is filled with a fluid (Cerebrospinal Fluid). If, due to a variety of factors, the fluid pressure around the brain rises and cannot drain or be absorbed back into the bloodstream, the excessively high pressure produces the symptoms of IIH. These range from severe nausea and vomiting, debilitating headaches, pulsatile tinnitus, stroke, memory loss (including dementia) through to optic nerve damage which can result in vision related problems and in some severe cases, as with Leanne, blindness.

IIH UK aims:

  • to provide the best possible support network for IIH sufferers and their families. The charity is run by unpaid volunteers who have, or know someone who has IIH and therefore know how overwhelming it can feel
  • to raise awareness and understanding of IIH within the general public and medical community through its website and the distribution of posters and leaflets
  • to champion and support medical research into finding a cure or an appropriate treatment for the condition.

Donations and fund-raising helps pay for:

  • IIH UK posters and leaflets, together with printing and postage costs
  • the running of the IIH UK website and International forum
  • facilitating meetings for the teams working with IIH UK and
  • the costs for Trustees to visit medical advisers to discuss latest research

but most importantly, it allows the funding of research into IIH.

Lion Aid
Nominated by : Rachel Abbey

One of the CofE’s Five Marks of Mission is “To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth” – for me it is important we acknowledge this wider view of our responsibilities in the choice of charities we support as a parish.

LionAid is a young, growing charity I came across earlier this year when I met one of its Patrons, John Rendall. Since 2010 the charity has been responding to the 93% decline in the African wild lion population over the last 50 years. Reasons for the decline are varied, but include hunting (trophy / retaliation), use of bones in traditional remedies and habitat loss due to a growing human population.

This final reason in particular means that traditional conservation methods are often no longer effective, and new solutions enabling lions and people to live alongside one another need to be found which are effective, sustainable and worked out in conjunction with local tribes-people who come into direct contact with lions. So whilst LionAid does carry out good research, lobby governments and seek to expose cruelty or malpractice, what impressed me most were their simple, low cost, practical solutions to local problems.

An example of one such scheme is the Predator / Livestock Damage Mitigation Project in Kenya, developed in conjunction with the local Maasai communities. Here, particularly where community land adjoins National Parks, the problems can become acute – with debilitating losses of livestock to lions who are happy to make the most of easy meals! Here the charity works to ensure that livestock enclosures (bomas) are adequately protected by the use of flashing lights – shown to reduce predation losses by at least 70%. Where losses do occur, tribes-people are compensated from an ‘insurance’ herd contributed to by all who are part of the scheme.

This is a less than ‘cuddly’ charity, but one which seeks to understand the science, as well as working at a government and local level alongside lions and people directly affected by the rapid changes in Africa. I hope that you will consider using one of your votes in support of their work. Thank you.

Motor Neurone Disease Assoc. (MND)
Nominated by : Angela Foley

My name is Angela Foley, I have been a member of the PCC and regularly worship at Holy Trinity at the 8 o'clock service. As a District Nursing Sister working in Fareham before my retirement, I met several patients and their families living through this devastating disease.

I propose the Motor Neurone Disease Assoc., which has a local branch. The Pilates teacher whose classes I attend has had first-hand experience of this disease in her family. She is a local fundraiser for the charity and recently attended the House of Commons as a representative of the Association. Below is her statement:

“My name is Helen Warren, I met Angela as her and Ian regularly attend my Pilates classes. I became involved after my Dad died from MND in 2011. MND is a terminal, progressive disease that affects the motor neurones in the brain and spinal cord. Degeneration of the motor neurones leads to weakness, wasting of muscle, loss of mobility to limbs and deterioration of speech, swallowing and breathing. There is no cure and 5 people a day die in the UK from MND. I volunteer for the Portsmouth and South East Hants group of the Motor Neurone Disease (MND) Association. We are a group of volunteers working hard to support people living with and affected by MND. A group of 30 of us meet monthly at The Rowans to support carers, families and those with the disease. MND is a devastating and fatal disease that can affect any adult at any time, yet few people understand what it is or what it does. Researchers are working to find answers.

We produce quarterly newsletters, have local fundraising events, use Twitter and Facebook and campaign for change to improve care for people with MND. This local group supports 3 Association Visitors trained in every aspect of care and emotional wellbeing for people with MND and their families.”

“I simply do not know how I would have coped without the help of the MND Association. Over the last three years, the Association has been a constant source of practical support and advice”.

Shooting Star Chase
Nominated by : Margaret Handley

Shooting Star Chase is a leading children’s hospice charity caring for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, and their families. Whether lives are measured in days, weeks, months or years, they are there to make every moment count, by supporting families from diagnosis to end of life and throughout bereavement with a range of nursing, practical, emotional and medical care.

The support is free of charge to families and available 365 days a year. The care service includes short breaks at two hospices, Hospice at Home, day care, symptom management, end-of-life care, bereavement care and a comprehensive range of therapies and support groups for the whole family.

It costs £9.5 million a year just to maintain the current level of care. Around 10% of that income comes from government funding.

They have a hydrotherapy pool at both hospices which provide physical benefits, like aiding mobility and helping muscle tone and strength, as well as emotional benefits, providing fun and memorable experiences for all the family to enjoy together. Joseph loves this activity.

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Assoc.
Nominated by : Sally Carter

Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association also known as Footprints. In October 2014 one of my closest friends gave birth to her second child. A daughter, born at home, into water with her loving family there to welcome her. Her name is Fara and as we all watch her grown and get to know her it is becoming more and more apparent just what a beautiful, wonderful gift to us all she really is!

Fara was born with Down Syndrome. However, Fara is not a “Downs baby” or in any way, shape or form determined or described by her extra chromosome. She is just Fara. God truly had a purpose when he decided to place Fara into the care of her parents and big sister – they are a passionate and strong-willed family who love Fara unconditionally and will fight for her to have everything she needs and as much ‘normality’ in her life as possible.

In turn, some of their strength, advice, information and support comes from the Footprints charity. This local (Portsmouth based) charity provide everything from practical advice and information to moral support, a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on if needed. Fara’s parents are already very involved with helping to keep the charity funded and most recently her Mum, Dad and some family friends all ran The Great South Run in aid of the charity.

Now we the church family, have the opportunity to help them too! Not just Fara and her family but for the many children & families in this locality affected by and living with Down Syndrome. Let’s help Footprints, to help them make life that little bit easier.