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Giving in 2020

Your support helps secure the future of the Church and its remarkable heritage for generations to come. Thank you for your generosity. Our...

Your support helps secure the future of the Church and its remarkable heritage for generations to come. Thank you for your generosity.

Our Financial Situation

With the lockdown-related reduction in income from the tower and the shop income, Great St Mary’s faces a significant financial crisis. We forecast an income deficit in excess of £200,000 for 2020. A generous donor was early to recognize the difficulties we would face, and has made an astonishing gift for which we very thankful. We have been able to make reductions in expenditure as a result of the church being closed, and the Government’s support via the Coronavirus Job Retention Scheme. Even so – and in the very best case scenario – we are still forecasting that it could leave us with a cash deficit for the year of at least £55,000. Possibly more.

This is no time for a stewardship campaign, and everyone is stretched in all sorts of ways. But if you are able to help in any way, by increasing your giving, or by making a one-off gift, it would make a real difference. For many, a financial response will be impossible at present: your prayers are a blessing to us. But if you are one of those who can help us by increasing your giving, or a one-off gift, then thank you for your generosity.


Ways to give

There are a number of ways in which you can contribute, although in the current circumstances where the office is not manned regularly, our preferred method is for you to contact your bank directly to organise the payment. 

If this is not possible, please do get in touch at giving@gsm.cam.ac.uk and we will find a solution to suit you: all donations will be received most gratefully.

To give via on-line or telephone phone banking  

Please make any one-off payments or standing orders to the following account:

 Bank:   HSBC
Address: Market Hill, PO Box 85, Cambridge,CB2 3HZ
Account name: Great St Mary's Parochial Church Council
Sort Code: 40-16-08
Account number: 91813382

Please include your surname and initials in the reference, and also e-mail giving@gsm.cam.ac.uk so that we can easily identify the payment.


Writing to your bank

If you would like to increase your standing order and you do not bank via telephone or on-line, you can do so by writing to the home branch of your bank (please do not write to the GSM bank address). Please use the form available below (and at the bottom of the page) 

If you decide to give in this way, please do let us know at giving@gsm.cam.ac.uk 

Gift Aid

If you are a UK taxpayer, we can claim a further 25% on your donation from the Government at no extra cost to you. If we do not already have a Gift Aid form from you, please fill in the Gift Aid form at this link and send it to us, preferably by e-mail to giving@gsm.cam.ac.uk


If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at giving@gsm.cam.ac.uk 

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