Churches facing budget cuts helped by Trust130

07 December 2020

The COVID-19 outbreak hit churches hard in many ways – and finances took a particularly serious knock.

St Marks & All Saints Churches in West Parley, in the Diocese of Salisbury, are typical – Treasurer Derek Warner was looking at a shortfall of between £15,000 and £18,000 for that year. Ecclesiastical Insurance’s Trust130 donation of £650 went into general funds, and was a welcome addition.

‘It was extremely tough,’ said Mr Warner. ‘We had no congregations, so no collections. But even more importantly, we lost all of our income from church hall lettings. We survived by eating into our capital, and I looked at ways of cutting our budgets for 2021.’

‘Donations such as the Trust130 money from Ecclesiastical Insurance are vital – they are interested in helping churches and their communities and we’re very grateful to them.’

Under the scheme, in line with Ecclesiastical’ s charitable ownership and Christian values, every time a new customer takes out a new home insurance policy we offer to donate £130 to the church or cathedral of that customer’s choice.

Since 2017, when we celebrated our 130th year, we have donated over £500,000 to more than 2500 churches and cathedrals chosen by our customers. There is no limit on the number of donations that can be made and, in the case of St Marks & All Saints, the amount of money given so far totals £650.

If your home insurance is due for renewal and you are interested in how Trust130 can benefit your church, please contact Ecclesiastical Insurance on 0800 7830 130.

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