Looking back on 2020...President's Report

2020 was a difficult year for Chap-Aid as much as it was for the Chaplaincy iself. Our normal fund-raising efforts were significantly curtailed and so our overall income was somewhat lower that would normally be expected.

This did not mean, however, that ChapAid was inactive throughout the period. Thanks to the generosity of many in the Chaplaincy and the marvels of online giving we were still able to make donations to the Bishops’ Lent and Advent Appeals as well as sending the customary €1000 donations to Médecins sans Frontières (MSF) and Shelterbox in response to the devastating explosion that destroyed a large part of Beirut city in August. Slightly smaller donations had been made earlier in the year to Emmaüs and MSF to help with their initial response to the pandemic in France and overseas. Special mention should also be made of the efforts of the Bertric-Burée church members who raised €1480 for the cancer charity ARC in memory of Janis Adams.

It was also with pleasure that Chap-Aid was able to act on behalf of all the churches (Roman Catholic, Protestant, Evangelical and Orthodox) in the Bergerac area following the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January. At the various ecumenical events during that week ,money had been raised for churches in the Anglican Diocese of Sydney, Australia that had been destroyed in the devastating bush fires that had swept the region.

The Trustees are particularly grateful to members of the Chaplaincy for their continued generosity during this trying time which has meant that the general funds have been fully replenished following the above-mentioned donations meaning that ChapAid will be in a position, once again, to respond quickly to any need that might arise.

Our particular thanks go to our Chaplaincy Administrator, whose help has been invaluable in setting up an online giving page for ChapAid through HelloAsso. This is a facility that will prove useful even after the pandemic is passed.

Thanks also go to the ChapAid representative in each of our churches for their continued support and we all look forward to a more straightforward year in 2021.

Rev'd Tony Lomas, Chaplain