SUMMER FUNDRAISER 2020 – for Peterborough foodbank and St Mary’s Church

Every year at St Mary’s we hold a Summer Fundraising campaign to raise money for a local charity. Half of the money raised goes to a chosen charity which, this year, is the Peterborough foodbank, and half to St Mary’s to help fund improvements to benefit the individuals, groups and communities that use our church and centre.

Peterborough foodbank is a project founded by local churches and community groups, working together towards stopping hunger in our local area.
The need for a foodbank within Peterborough was identified back in 2012 during a Tackling Poverty workshop. At that time 1 in 4 children in Peterborough were identified as living in poverty. As a result Peterborough foodbank opened in October 2012 to help address this issue.
They first opened with three foodbank centres – Dogsthorpe, Westgate and Stanground. They quickly grew to 9 centres as they wanted to make sure people were able to access their services near where they lived.

Their aim is to show God’s love in action for those that are struggling or in poverty. Not only do they provide food parcels, but offer signposting and a listening ear. They hope to be able to develop to offer more services that their clients need to help lift them out of their crisis.

Their project is inclusive and is open to clients and volunteers of all backgrounds, faith and nationality.

They don’t think anyone in our community should have to face going hungry. That is why they provide three days of nutritionally balanced emergency food and support to local people who are referred to them in crisis. They are part of a nationwide network of foodbanks, supported by The Trussell Trust, working to combat poverty and hunger across the UK.

One user said: “The foodbank was there when we really needed it, it was an absolute lifeline.”

For more info, please visit:

St Marys’ folk are usually busy at this time holding lots of different events, activities and sponsorships in order to raise money. Obviously it will be different this year because of the Covid-19 restrictions so we are all thinking of different ideas. If you are able to do something to raise funds, however big or small, please do, and please let us know. We are sure you will come up with some creative ideas, as usual.

Helen and Andrew's Cross-channel Row


Please support Helen and Andrew in their impressive challenge of rowing the 68 kilometres (42.2 miles) there and back. It is a virtual row so they won't get wet but it is tough going - 

  • in each hour of rowing they are covering about 10,000m
  • each oar-stroke covers about 5m
  • the whole distance there and back is 68,000m
  • this will take approximately 13,600 oar-strokes
  • every 10m rowed burns about 1 calorie (although it feels like a lot more!)

They have now completed almost 15 miles (24 kilometres) of their journey. 



He's done it! Michael arrived safely at his destination at 4.25pm last Friday.

He battled this week through driving rain, gnats, hot sun, swirling flies, steep hills, wild goats, rocky paths and gale force winds (Yes - we do have good imaginations), and safely arrived at Land's End. Everything aches and he never wants to go on a bike ever again, but he is so thankful for your support for the Peterborough foodbank and for St Mary's.

374 miles completed. And 2 stone lighter. The first part is true. Not sure about the second :-) 

The Cornish cream tea was well worth the wait. So as not to upset anyone in Cornwall in Devon, we had one scone jam on first and then cream (Cornish custom), and one cream on first and then jam (Devon custom). Both tasted delicious, especially with Angela's blackberry and apple jam :-)

Thank you everyone for your encouragement and support. '


Many will have tasted Angela's home-made jams and Andrew has got some jars to sell: Apple and BlackBerry, Rhubarb and Ginger, Apple and Damson and a limited supply of Gooseberry.🍓
If anyone would like a jar he is happy to deliver, with all proceeds going to the Summer Fundraiser. Just email him or text/phone (07954-405924) through your order.

And ... Watch this space for more activities coming up, including news of Andrew and Helen B's rowing trip across the channel and back ....'


How to donate – You can give by text or online 

Text Giving
You can donate any whole pound amount between £1 and £20 via Donr’s Text Giving service in one transaction. You can only donate up to £30 per mobile number per day.

Please include the amount you wish to give (up to £20)

i.e. Text SUMMER10 to 70490 to donate £10 or Text SUMMER5 to 70490 to donate £5

Texts cost the amount donated plus one standard rate message

Giving online

A safe and secure online donation portal is available if you wish to give online, via debit/credit card. The online giving does not require the keyword or short code but the money will go to our Summer Fundraising campaign.  Please go to the St Mary’s church web site for a reminder of how to give and to give online:

Click on the donation portal below which will take you to the safe and secure portal to donate money to our Summer Fundraiser


Giving by Cheque

Alternatively, if you wish to donate by cheque, this is also warmly weclome and thank you for your support

Please make cheques payable to  St Mary's PCC and send the cheques to:

St Mary’s Church

New Road



As we envisage individuals and families will be doing different things - and we cannot have a separate code for each activity - all donations for the Summer Fundraiser will go through to the codes above. (If you would like a particular person to know you have donated specifically to them, please contact them to let them know).

Thank you, and Happy Fundraising! Keep an eye on our church web site and facebook page to see how things are progressing.

Michael and Sue



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