[Saint Laurence]

St. Laurence’s Roman Catholic Church

Diocese of East Anglia

Parish Priest:
Fr. Simon Blakesley

Assistant Priest:
Fr. Bob Eccles OP

91 Milton Road, Cambridge CB4 1XB
Tel/Fax: 01223 704640
Email: office@saintlaurence.org.uk
Office opening times: 10am−1.30pm Monday to Friday

Rev. Geoffrey Cook
(Tel: 01223 351650)

Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVP)

Contact: Catharine Warren 07421 253100 svp@saintlaurence.org.uk

The SVP in our Parish and others in the UK and worldwide, endeavours to assist the poor, sick, lonely, and people in any form of need, mainly by visiting, on a weekly basis, or helping in an emergency to provide furniture etc. Occasional financial help is given if essential services are likely to be cut off.

The SVP group meets fortnightly (currently via Zoom) and welcomes new members. If you are in need or considering joining the SVP please : speak to an SVP member, or a priest, contact the parish office or email us at svp@saintlaurence.org.uk

Work in our parish

If you or someone you know needs help, please do contact the SVP to see if we can help. We can help with befriending (including phone calls), support with some tasks (e.g. shopping, small household jobs) or help with short-term financial problems (e.g. through donations or help to apply for benefits). One to one support is the basis of all the help we offer and we help people of all faiths and none.

Maundy Thursday Collection for SVP

In 2021 your contribution will be equally split between the SVP Sudan and South Sudan Appeal and the SVP Covid-19 Emergency Fund. St Laurence's SVP is very well supported by parishioners' donations and has funds available to help local people, but there are SVP conferences in other parts of England and Wales that have very limited funds. The SVP Covid-19 Emergency fund is to help these conferences respond to those in urgent need. Since April 2020  £100,000 has been distributed to hundreds of cases requesting assistance. The fund has helped families and individuals in many ways, including getting food, paying bills, and obtaining necessary items such as technology for home-learning, during the unpredictable economic circumstances of the pandemic.

Parishioners attending the 7.30pm Mass can make a donation in cash or by card/contactless. There is also a link if you would like to make a donation online HERE. Alternatively you can post a cheque to SVP c/o St Laurence’s church, or make a donation by bank transfer (see account details below).

If you can Gift Aid your donation, please do. That adds 25% to the amount SVP receives.

Overseas help

The SVP in England and Wales supports SVP groups in certain countries overseas. Our conference supports three groups in India through prayer, communication and an annual donation. In addition from time to time we fundraise to offer funds for student education in India and to support the work of the SVP in Sudan and South Sudan.

SVP Sudan and South Sudan Appeal January 2021

THANK YOU for your very generous response to SVP Sudan and South Sudan Appeal January 2021. You have donated £2,693!

Millions of people there are experiencing extreme poverty due to years of violent conflict and subsequent displacement. Last year there was major flooding in many areas. On top of this, spiralling food prices, inflation, and job losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic are having a devastating impact on families. ‘Save the Children’ estimated in mid 2020 that 9.6 million people in Sudan do not know where their next meal is coming from.

In both Sudan and South Sudan SVP projects are active in feeding children and providing medicine and clean water. For example: each year (on average) in Sudan, SVP facilitates 6,500 consultations in medical centres, and provides clean water for 35,000 people. In South Sudan (in partnership with others) SVP also supports the vocational training of young people and provides food and water for 11,000 internally displaced refugees (for more information see HERE).

They need financial help to continue to do this and SVP conferences in this country want to assist. If you would like to contribute, please go to JustGiving.

Thank you on behalf of our SVP members in Sudan and South Sudan – and all the people in their care.

Making a donation

If you would like to make a donation to the SVP, we are able to receive electronic bank transfers.

Account number:46077618
Sort code:60-60-04
Account name:E060102 ST LAURENCE

Banks are now introducing confirmation of account name. The SVP’s bank account name noted above may be too long for your bank; if so, please enter the name from the start and enter as much as you can. Please note that they are zeros in the name.

Gift aid: if you are willing to gift-aid your donation, please email svp@saintlaurence.org.uk and we will send you a relevant declaration form. If you are a UK tax payer, a gift-aided donation will allow the SVP to claim an additional 25% of your donated gift.

Every gift, of whatever value, will help support the SVP’s work both in East Anglia and abroad.

Thank you for your ongoing support and your prayers for our work.