Charity of the Month

Each month we support a different charity. Information about the chosen charity is published in the Parish magazine, and a presentation is made at the 10.30 service on the first Sunday of the month.

 The charity for the month of April is the Heart of Kent Hospice

Heart of Kent Hospice, established in 1991, provides exceptional care for people facing the challenge of living with a terminal illness in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge, Malling and surrounding areas. The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of our care which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who gave the Hospice an overall rating of Outstanding following an inspection in February 2017.

Heart of Kent Hospice first opened its doors in 1991 as a result of the dedication of local people who set up the ‘Wishing Well Appeal’ to raise £1.3m to build the Hospice. HRH Diana Princess of Wales officially opened the Hospice in October 1992.

In 1992 the Hospice opened its first retail shop in Maidstone and in 1994 it set up the Heart of Kent Trading Ltd. to take over the trading activities of the Hospice. It now has 15 charity shops within the local area that provide a valuable source of income for the Hospice.

In 2007 it received a grant from the Department of Health to extend the Inpatient Unit and Day Therapy Centre, which was officially opened by HRH the Duchess of Gloucester in 2009. This was closely followed with further funding from the Department of Health in 2010 to create a new garden room, an attractive landscaped garden, more welcoming reception area and additional consultation and therapy rooms which were officially opened in 2011.

We are committed to continually improving and developing our care to enable people to live in comfort, with independence and dignity to the end of their lives, and to ensure that those closest to them receive the support they need.

Since the Hospice opened it has cared for almost 10,000 patients and their families. Many people tell us of the difference we have made by making every day precious at the most difficult of times.  Our services cost £4million a year to run, with over £3million raised through the generosity of our local community who have run, swam, walked, cycled, organised events, made a donation or climbed mountains to ensure that we can be there for everyone who needs us.  Heart of Kent Hospice depends heavily on its loyal supporters, whose invaluable donations and fundraising activity account for £4 out of every £5 spent on our services.

From small beginnings the Hospice has gone from strength to strength, through the commitment and hard work of its staff and volunteers, and the invaluable financial support of its local community.

We are your local hospice.  Our care is local, free and is offered to everyone who needs it.

The charity for the month of May is Christian Aid

All Mums should live

Sierra Leone is the world’s most dangerous place to become a mum. Every day 10 women die from giving birth. In Sawula district, the community struggle with a clinic which has no electricity and only two delivery beds. 

Jebbeh is heavily pregnant but as her baby grows, it’s not joy that fills her heart, but fear. When Jebbeh’s sister Fatmata went in to labour, there were so few ambulances that Fatmata had no choice but to walk for three hours under the baking sun, to the nearest hospital. The journey was long and with every step Fatmata struggled to keep walking.

Jebbeh told us: ‘My sister was crying out with hunger. She died on the side of the road. She never gave birth.’

This Christian Aid Week, together, we can make childbirth safe for mums and babies. Through our gifts and prayers, we can help give the world’s poorest mums a chance to live.

Stand with Mums

This Christian Aid Week, 12-18 May, our church is actively involved with these activities:

House to House delivery of envelopes.  Envelopes will be delivered in the usual way but won’t be collected; each envelope will have an address in the village where they can be delivered to with the option to also donate online or via text if preferred.

 Saturday 11th May, 8pm

A concert by Antiphony our local jazz choir. All proceeds to Christian Aid. Please see next page.

 Friday 17th May, 10-11:45am

Village Café, Coffee Morning,

 Sunday 26th May, 2:30-4:30pm

Afternoon Tea at 4 Princes Villas, Maidstone Rd. Marden. Tickets £5 for tea, sandwiches and cake.

 If our church raised £300, it could help provide a new delivery bed so more mums like Jebbeh can deliver their babies safely.

 Speak to Julie Morgan (831620) or Carol Walker (831132) today and join us so women like Jebbeh can celebrate more happy birth days.