The focus for this year’s Christmas appeal is the core work of our charity, the work we do day in, day out, 24 hours a day and every day of the year in providing our elderly and infirm residents with the level of care that they need.
The irony is that for many supporters the core work – that mundane stuff that needs to be done every day – is not particularly attractive. It is not snappy and exciting. It’s not sexy. It is not a wonderful, new initiative. But what it is, is essential. It is vital. It works.
And it makes a world of difference to the people who need it.
That’s why the Archbishop of Canterbury, The Most Revd. Justin Welby, is supporting this appeal. You can read his letter by clicking here.
Our fundamental purpose is to provide shelter and care to elderly and infirm Anglicans in need. For many the College has been – and still is – the provider of last resort.
This winter we are asking you to give – to give regularly if you possibly can – and to give as generously as you are able, to enable us to continue to help those who need us most by delivering on that fundamental purpose.
Last year we spent £1,845,111 on giving our Residents a better quality of life. That is quite a lot of money to a small charity like ours. Of this we raised £140,000 in donations and gifts.
Also last year we received 93 requests for help and information. That is the highest number we have on record and it indicates the urgency of the problem as well as the demand for the services we provide.
You might already know that more than 25% of Clergy are aged 60 years or above. But did you also know that this means the number of clergy retirements is set to increase dramatically over the next 10 years?
Not only that, local authorities are cutting back on the help they give. Government-funded care for older people is being increasingly rationed in England, leaving growing numbers to fend for themselves, according to a recent joint report by The Kings Fund and The Nuffield Trust.
Despite more people needing help because of the ageing population, the number of over-65s being helped by local authorities fell by 25% in the 4 years to 2014 and the number of older and elderly people left without help has risen.
On average it costs us about £930 a week to provide accommodation and nursing care for a Resident. More and more of our Residents need local authority help that is becoming increasingly difficult to obtain.
What that all adds up to is this: we have to go beyond the £140,000 we raised last year by an additional £35,000. That means we have to raise just under an extra £14,600 a month, on average, to meet the costs of caring for those for whom the College is the final safety net.
Whether you choose to make a monthly donation by standing order, or choose to make single donations, together we can do it. Please click here to visit our webpage for easy donation options.