Charities and Mission

Here at HURC we are committed to sharing God's love with our wider community and world. One of the ways we do this is by supporting a number of charities.

The church members elect three charities which they support for three years, giving each charity an equal percentage of the church income for that year. At present the charities are:

1. International China Concern

When ICC began in 1993, abandoned and disabled children in China had a bleak future. 80% of the children left in orphanages would die there. There were 4 babies to a crib, with no eye contact and cuddling. There would only be one care worker for every 30 children. ICC is a Christian charity that partners with the Chinese government to help in 6 ways: (1) Rescuing children who are abandoned by taking them into care. (2) Feeding, housing and loving children, with 1 care worker for every 5 children. (3) Finding schools for children so they can integrate into mainstream classes. (4) Funding surgeries for children with serious conditions. (5) Preventing abandonment by offering parents of disabled children education, respite care and financial aid, keeping more families together. (6) Training China's caregivers to raise standards in government-run orphanages. 

You can find out more about ICC by visiting their website or watching this documentary:


2. Newlife 

Newlife is the UK’s largest charity provider of specialist equipment for children with disabilities and terminal illness. Set up 25 years ago primarily to fund medical research, it has responded to families’ needs and developed a range of innovative yet practical support services which have helped thousands of children. The Newlife Nurse Helpline – 0800 902 0095 – is staffed by a dedicated team of nurses who support families negotiating the maze of disability issues. 

Newlife also gives Equipment Grants to fund permanent provision; Emergency Loans to provide a quick response for children with life-threatening or life-limiting illness and those who face injury due to the absence of appropriate equipment; Play Therapy Pods to offer loans of sensory toys to aid development; and Comfort Capsules to help families of terminally ill children make memories.  

 

One of the children to benefit is five-year-old Lucas Rodermond, from Doncaster, who is getting a specialist bed to keep him safe at night. Lucas has Autistic Spectrum Disorder, Epilepsy and Global Development Delay. He experiences seizures, but has no awareness of danger and likes to climb – over stair gates and on windowsills and wardrobes – but then falls because his balance is poor. Lucas’s paediatrician told mum Kim about specialist safety beds – fully padded and with sides high enough that children can’t climb out – but she was shocked to discover how much they cost. Kim said: “I thought I could afford to save £10 each month to buy the bed he needs. Then I looked up the prices and almost had a heart attack. Lucas would be almost 40 before I could save enough!” With no funding available from local statutory services for the £3,283 bed, fortunately for Kim her son’s school told her about Newlife which had provided a specialist car seat for one of Lucas’s classmates. Kim said: “I am really pleased with the quick response from Newlife. Getting the new bed will make a huge difference to Lucas’s night-time safety. There have been many times when his arms have been blue from bruises after hitting his arms during a seizure – that will be a thing of the past.” For more families’ own stories, please click here.


3. Rotherham Holiday Aid

Established 25 years ago, Rotherham Holiday Aid (RHA) is a local charity (Reg. Charity No. 1135052) which began as a response to the devastating effect upon families of the dramatic rise in unemployment in Rotherham during the 1980’s.

RHA works in association with the London-based Family Holiday Association (FHA) to enable families in the most disadvantaged circumstances to have a short holiday break. Most breaks are self-catering in a caravan park or holiday centre in the UK.

Well over 1500 disadvantaged Rotherham families have been helped in this way since RHA began its work. Although too often this is still because of unemployment, other families are supported where they are suffering the trauma of long-term illness, disability, bereavement or
the breakdown of a relationship. Most people who are helped have not had a holiday in the past four years and have not had the chance to spend time together away from the pressures and stress of everyday life. The need for this support has not diminished over the years and
in current circumstances is increasing. In 2014 alone some 89 families from throughout the Borough of Rotherham (almost 400 children, parents or carers) were able to have a RHA supported break.

RHA has no administration costs so all that is raised goes to support disadvantaged Rotherham children and their families. Rotherham holiday company Leger Travel generously provides printing services and postage. Our fund-raising events are underwritten by Rotherham
Lions.


A group in the church support Project Linus

It is the mission of Project Linus UK to provide new home-made blankets and quilts to children who are sick, disabled, disadvantaged or distressed. The group meets regularly to knit and quilt and recently made a donation of quilts to Bluebell Wood Children's Hospice. For further information about these knitting and quilting days please refer to the calendar.