Our parish endeavours to send pilgrims to Lourdes with the Diocesan Pilgrimage each year. Some go as sick or handicapped and young people from the parish go as helpers. The Parish helps to pay their fare by raising money throughout the year by sponsored events and coffee/tea after Mass on Sundays.
Gift Aid is a way of supporting our parish finances. Gift Aid replaces the old Covenant Scheme. To take part in the Gift Aid scheme the following are necessary:
you must be a taxpayer;
you must make a simple declaration (which can be revoked at any time) that any money you give to the parish can be counted as gift aid for the purpose of the parish reclaiming tax assuming you make offerings to the Church in the normal course of events.
It costs you nothing and you are not committed to give any particular sum.
No disclosure of your financial affairs is required and all records are completely confidential. This scheme is of considerable financial benefit to the parish. For every £1 donated the Parish can claim back from the Inland revenue 25p.
I you want more information about GIFT AID please contact the Parish office by email or on Tel No. 01273 554509