Our church charity for 2020 and 2021 will be HOPE not hate.

 

HOPE not hate was founded in 2004 and established to offer a more positive and engaged way of doing anti-fascism.  They prioritised working in communities and town centre demonstrations; engaged and spoke to local people rather than to themselves; and realised that organizations like BNP were tapping into a wider mood of alienation and hardship and it was important to address issues of concern to voters.

 

Campaigning has always been backed up by first class research and intelligence and has exposed the illegal activities of extremist groups and revealed the unsavoury side to hundreds of extremist candidates over the years.

 

Since 2010, HOPE not hate has focused more on community politics. They have built peaceful and positive resistance to attempts by the far-right to divide communities, offered support to, and run, joint initiatives with Muslim organisations, and have begun campaigning against Islamist extremism. They will also work with the LGBT community who are often targeted by the far-right.

 

If you would like to donate to our church charity, you can do so online via Virgin Money Giving or by cash or cheque made payable to Christ Church and clearly marked for the church charity.

 

 

Our fundraising events

Virtual sales table

You can help support our church charity through purchasing items on our virtual sales table. To order items on our virtual sales table or find out further details, please email charity@christchurchuxbridge.org,uk or message our Facebook page.

 

Face-masks

These pleated masks are a similar size to the disposable ones (approx 7″×3½”). They are washable and reusable and made especially for you. A wide range of colours/patterns are available for you to choose from. Available for a minimum donation of £6 per mask.

Face masks made from various colours of fabric

 

Crocheted face cleaning pads

Cathy has crocheted sets of face cleaning pads to remove make up and freshen your face without the use of disposable wipes or cotton wool AND the proceeds from selling them will go to our church charity. They come in packs of 7 for a minimum donation of £3.50 and can be washed at 40°C once used.

Also available: small net bags for washing the pads for an extra £1.

 

Pink and white crocheted make-up remover pads

 

Pot holders

6-inch squares with a slit back for your hand for a secure grip. 2 layers of heat resistant waddling and a layer of cotton wadding.  Choice of fabrics and colours or patch work in shades of blue.  Suggested donation of £8 each. Delivery late September.

 

Two photos of a handmade pot holder - one showing the pot holder flat and the other with a hand inside ready to hold a pot

 

 

Silent Auction

A silent auction works by people donating items to be auctioned. Then the descriptions are circulated and everyone gets to bid on any item they fancy.  To bid you send your sealed bid to us privately and the highest bid at the close of the auction wins.  You will be able to bid by email, phone or post and you won’t know what the other bids are, that’s the silent bit.  The auction will be in November so if you win anything you should have it in time for Christmas if needed.  More details to follow.

However, what we need now is items to auction. They can be new or not, handmade or shop bought, physical or a service; ideas for Christmas presents might be good too.  Basically anything that might be of use to others.

For example, you could make a cake, offer homemade jam, sew a bag, offer that jigsaw you did in lockdown, offer unwanted Christmas or birthday presents, do some ironing or baby-sitting.  For handmade things it could be something already made or something you will make to order. There are endless possibilities and we have some talented people in our midst.

Send your offer (not the actual item at this stage) or discuss your idea with Denise, Cathy or Joanne by emailing charity@christchurchuxbridge.org.uk or use the telephone numbers in your church directory.

Ideas by 21st October please.

 

 

Postal quiz

Our postal quiz has now closed. Congratulations to Marlene, our postal quiz winner. You can find the answers to the quiz here.