Charities

The Sick and Retired Priests Fund supports priests of this diocese who are no longer able to continue active ministry due to sickness or old age.  You can donate to the Fund to help the priests who have served our parishes via the diocesan website.

CAFOD are working with their partners to support those who have been suffering most in our world from the coronavirus pandemic, helping them to survive, rebuild and heal their lives.  You can make a donation towards their work on the CAFOD website.  It is also possible to donate £10 to CAFOD using Text Giving – simply text CAFOD to 70085.  (Your phone account will be charged £10 in addition to your standard SMS cost.)  If you would prefer not to receive further communications from CAFOD, text CAFODNOINFO to 70085 to make your £10 donation.

Members of missionary orders work in many parts of the world, supporting communities that are poor or in need, regardless of their background or belief.  You can support their work via the Missio website.

The challenging situation facing Christians in the Holy Land has been made significantly worse by the coronavirus pandemic.  Friends of the Holy Land continues to support Christians in the West Bank, Gaza, Israel and Jordan.

Aid to the Church in Need has been supporting Christians dealing with conflict in different parts of the world, especially in Nigeria where they have been facing persecution from Islamist extremists.

The International Refugee Trust works to bring dignity and hope to those whose lives have been torn apart by war and conflict, through their partners in South Sudan, Tanzania, Uganda and Jordan.

Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, the founder of Mary’s Meals, has recorded a message reflecting back on the humble beginnings of the charity, which continues to feed over a million of the poorest children in the world, despite the coronavirus pandemic.

The Apostleship of the Sea celebrates its centenary this year.  They give pastoral, spiritual and practical support to seafarers from around the world who arrive at British ports.

Nearer home, Caritas Westminster are working to support some of the most vulnerable people in our own society, whose lives have been made more difficult by the Covid-19 pandemic.

The Cardinal’s Lenten Appeal has been extended to provide support in communities across the Archdiocese of Westminster during the coronavirus crisis.

The Passage are seeking support with their work of feeding over 300 homeless people in London every day.  Their #DonateYourDinner campaign aims to promote the work they are doing through social media.

While most of us seek safety in our homes, refugees still experience many of the difficulties of being destitute.  The Jesuit Refugee Service has had to suspend some of its operations because of the pandemic, but continues to offer practical support to refugees in whatever way it can.

The Little Sisters of the Poor, who run St Anne’s care home for the elderly in Stoke Newington, were due to come to speak at St Philip’s earlier this year, but the lockdown prevented their appeal taking place.  You can still support them with an online donation.

NHS staff have rightly been getting proper recognition for the amazing work they have been doing this year.  But we mustn’t forget those who dedicate themselves to caring for the sick and the vulnerable in other settings.  The North London Hospice relies heavily on voluntary support but, like other charities, many of their fund-raising activities had to be cancelled, so they are looking for alternative sources of funding to continue their important work.