St Mary's Church, Aberfoyle

St Mary's Donations to Charities

St Mary's makes regular donations to other charities.  This is controlled by the Vestry through our Church Giving Fund, which is ring fenced for this purpose.  Contributions to the fund come from the St Mary's budget and from regular special collections at services held during the year.

Members of the congreation are encouraged to nominate charities that they wish to benefit by a donation from the Church Giving Fund.


Special collections at the Harvest Thanksgiving and Christmas Carol services are set aside for donations by St.Mary’s to registered UK charities proposed by members of the congregation and approved by the Vestry. Priority is given to supporting the work of charities in which members of our congregation are personally involved. Full details are given in the annual report and accounts.

Our Donations during 2012/13

During 2012/13, as part of our commitment to giving, we donated:

£200 to  Christian Aid's Annual Appeal



Past Giving


St Mary’s made donations in years past to;

Glasgow City Mission
Maxie Richards Foundation
CINI – Tsunami relief
Art Link Central
The Callander Youth Project
Christian Aid (Lenten Appeal)
Opportunity International
Fairbridge in Scotland
The British Red Cross Japanese Tsunami appeal
Artlink Central
Chesney Trust
Pump Aid
Diocesan Lent Appeal

The Chesney Trust

The Chesney Trust for Education in Malawi is a charity registered in Scotland (SC 037540) in October 2006 and a registered International Non-Governmental Organisation in Malawi. The Trust was founded by Janet Chesney after a two-year voluntary teaching placement in Nkhamenya, Malawi on the Scottish Churches World Exchange programme. 


This experience inspired the foundation of the Trust, whose objects are:

(a) to advance the education of girls in Northern Malawi, by means of funding a project to build a girls’ secondary school (to be called the Edinburgh Girls’ High School) in Engcongolweni, in Mzimba District, and provide bursaries annually for five children with hearing impairment, and for five orphans;

(b) to improve the infrastructure (roads, water, electricity, employment opportunities) and health facilities of the surrounding area for the benefit of the local community.


Information on the achievements of the first year and the plans for the school are given in the Annual Report and Financial Statement and Project Plan, which can be found at  The work of Janet Chesney and The Chesney Trust received very favourable comment from MSP’s Karen Gillon and Aileen Campbell in the debate on Malawi in the Scottish Parliament in February 2008.


For more on the Chesney Trust use this link

Maxie Richards Organisation
The Maxie Richards Foundation was launched over 10 years ago by the Scottish Episcopalian, Maxie Richards. Its aim is to advance the education of people about the misuse of illicit and prescribed drugs, alcohol and tobacco; to relieve the suffering and stress of people addicted to such drugs and to provide education about the related, social, sexual and health problems. Maxie Richards was ‘called’ to help drug addicts. She takes them into her home and provides rehabilitation care, where they can start leading normal lives and helping in the community. We may not be called to do what Maxie does, but as her website says, as people of God it is our privilege to be able to pray conscientiously for addicts and those seeking to help them.  The Maxie Richards centre is in Glasgow

Pump Aid

Pump Aid tackles poverty by working with local communities to establish sustainable supplies of clean water for improved health and increased agricultural production


To break the cycle of poverty in Africa, access to clean water for drinking and water for irrigation must be improved. Pump Aid builds appropriate technology water pumps, called Elephant Pumps that can be maintained by poor rural communities without any outside assistance.

These pumps provide clean drinking water and can also be used to sustain crops during the dry season or through periods when rains fail, as they have done this year.

Pump Aid works mainly in Zimbabwe but is currently expanding operations into Malawi and Mozambique. There have also been requests for Pump Aid to assist in several other African countries
The website is at

Christian Aid

We also donate each year to the annual Christian Aid appeal. 
Jean Sykes is the local co-ordinator for Christian Aid.  If you would like to assist Christian Aid in any way, please contact her for information.

How to give to St Marys Church, Aberfoyle, including Gift aid scheme (formerly Covenants), weekly envelopes and collections. Let the Church benefit from your will. Click here for more information.

Remember that you can assist the Church even more by filling out the front of the envelope in your pew each week, and turn your weekly donation into a Gift Aid donation.  This enables the Church to reclaim the tax you pay from the Chancellor - currently 25p in the pound.  Or ask the Treasurer for a weekly envelope.

St Mary's Church   Main Street  Aberfoyle   FK8 3UG  UK  01877 382887
A charity registered in Scotland: SC023266
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