Fundraising and Summer Fundraiser Campaign 2023

You can never outgive God

Each year, St Mary’s Church gives a minimum of 10% of all monies received to charity. We believe in being a generous church to those around us. We support a wide range of charities and causes, local, national and international.  We do this through special events and activities as well as direct donations from our members and church funds. 


Every summer at St Mary’s we try as hard as we can to raise £1500 (and often significantly more) to be shared between a local charity of our choice and the church.  The church’s share is used to fund improvements that benefit the our church and centre users and our community. This year, half the money raised will go to St Mary's Church towards the refurbishment of the front steps so that they are safer for all who use the church and centre. We are delighted that the remaining 50% of the proceeds will be donated 'Food for Nought' (

Here is some info about ‘Food for Nought'

Tackling food waste (food that is fit for human consumption, but isn't eaten) is a massive global challenge:

  • each year, one-third of all food produced globally for human consumption never reaches the table
  • Food wasted in the UK has a value of over £19 billion a year and 70% of it (6.4 Mt) could have been eaten - the equivalent of over 15 billion meals (enough to feed the entire UK population 3 meals a day for 11 weeks.)
  • UK supermarkets alone waste 240,000 tonnes of food every year

These figures are shocking, particularly as we’re living in a cost of living crisis with Real Household Disposable Income per person unlikely to return to its 2021/22 level until 2027/28. Add to the financial losses the damage to the environment (food production and consumption are responsible for around 30% of global carbon emissions and contribute to between 60%-80% biodiversity loss through the destruction of natural habitats) and it’s easy to see why governments and individuals need to take action.

The charity we’ve chosen to fundraise for this summer is doing something to help address food waste in an around Peterborough.

Food for Nought delivers surplus food from local farmers and supermarkets to food banks and community fridges around the city. Volunteers also run cookery courses to teach people how to better use the surplus food that is available through the Food For Nought scheme.

Without Food for Nought it’s fair to say that many of the charities that hand out food parcels to individuals and families in difficulty across Peterborough would have no food to distribute. We’re therefore absolutely delighted to be supporting them this year.

Mr Cocoa Fowler, the charity’s founder, is visiting church on Sunday 4th June to tell us more about the work Food for Nought does. I’m sure he’ll provide plenty of inspiration to our congregation to push themselves to the limits of their endurance or abstain from some of their hardest to give up activities from July through to September in return for sponsorship money in support of his charity. Our artistic members and talented bakers will once again be producing beautiful things for us to buy, and others will offer their services and skills in return for a modest fee during this year’s fundraising period.

Our aim is to raise £1500 to be shared between Food for Nought and the church. We’ll start in July and run through until the end of September so there’s plenty of time to get involved. If you’d like to discuss your fundraising idea, please contact

Abbi Smith or Helen Brown via the St Mary’s Church Office (  or ring 01733 834736

And please remember to log the date of your event so that no clashes take place.  
For more information please contact Abbi via the St Mary’s Church Office ( or ring (01733) 834736

Thank you for what you are able to contribute.


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 STMARYS10 to 70450 to donate £10 or Text STMARYS5 to 70450 to donate £5

Texts cost the amount donated plus one standard rate message

Giving online

A safe and secure online donation St Mary's online giving 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:


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





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