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Reflections

Osbaldwick and Murton Parish Link

January 2019 - Easy Fundraising

For over 900 years our church building of St Thomas has been available to the people of the Osbaldwick area. It has been available in good times and the bad, for celebrations and for the sad occasions. Our aim is to continue to make the building available for people of the area to continue to use it in this way. Our church is open daily for people to come along for a time of peace and quiet, it is open to all whether practicing Christians or not. It is available for any member of our area to celebrate marriages, christenings and also for funerals.

Over recent years the inside of the building has been extensively changed to enable social occasions to take place, children’s’ parties, social evenings, keep fit and art classes to name but a few. The inside of the building is modern but the building itself is ancient and demands a lot of upkeep and inevitably this demands a lot of money.

Every five years we have to have an inspection of the church fabric carried out by an architect appointed by the Diocese of York. Our last inspection, carried out in 2016 identified major work to keep the building watertight and free from further deterioration. The estimated cost of this work is £60,000. Clearly this is a vast amount of money that will take a long time to raise from fundraising events.

One way we can raise money, with little impact on individuals, is by asking all Parish Link readers to register with easyfundraising. Easyfundraising is easy to use, every time a user shops online at retailers such as ebay, M&S, Amazon, Sainsburys, to name a few, a donation is made to our funds. Easyfundraising is the UK's number one charity cashback platform, working with over 3,300 shops and sites to give everyone a free way to support you and grow your revenues.

Every time anyone shops through easyfundraising they collect a free donation for the charity or good cause that they support. Many causes like ours are raising money every day, simply by encouraging their friends, family, community and supporters to buy everything through easyfundraising.

Please consider registering for easyfundraising - to find out more go to our easyfundraising website: www.easyfundraising.org.uk/causes/stthomasschurchosbaldwickyork/ or go to Google Play or the Apple App Store to download the app to your mobile phone or computer.

Thank you for your support.

David Jackson, Communications Team, PCC

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