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Church Charities

Each year the church supports two charities - one international and one in the UK. The church gives £3,000 from its regular income and the church body undertakes to raise a further £3,000 so that the £6,000 total is split equally between the two charities.

The two charities this year are:

In 1989, Willow Burn opened its doors as a day hospice as a result of two fantastic ladies,Valerie Davison and Irene Mortimer who believed there was a real need for hospice care in Derwentside, somewhere that people with a life-limiting illness could be cared for in a special way; given the dignity and compassion that can only be provided by a specialist, dedicated and respectful team of people.

Since then, the hospice has grown into something even more special with an in-patient unit, a family support service and day hospice. It is part of our ethos that all who need our services are fully cared for, not only on a physical level with our exceptional nursing team; but on an emotional one too. Our Family Support team offer specialised guidance and counselling not only for the patients but their families too.

Our services look after patients who have a wide range of illnesses including cancers, heart failure and more.

SIFT is a Christian charity seeking to bring hope to the poor of Nicaragua, Central America, through projects in health, education, and housing. Nicaragua is the poorest country in Latin America, with around 15% of the rural population living in extreme poverty, on less than £1 a day.

Last year 3,814 people from rural villages on the island of Ometepe received affordable healthcare at a SIFT clinic, including free medicines.

Our education sponsorship scheme enables 138 children from poor families to go to a good quality school and receive a high standard of education.

Our work is funded thanks to the generosity of individuals, churches and trusts. 75p out of every pound given goes directly to projects in Nicaragua.