Kitchen project - February progress update

We are delighted to be able to report that the amount raised to date for the kitchen project is now over £14,000.  There is still a long way to go but we thank everyone for their support.  We are grateful for all donations and every pound counts towards our target.

Grants

We are regularly reviewing the numerous grants available to see if our project will qualify and are in the process of applying to The National Lottery, Awards for All and BIFFA.  We are also expecting to hear shortly from Reigate and Banstead Council about the Capital Grant we applied for in August.  There is a lot of competition for grant monies and many require a substantial amount to be raised before they are able to award monies so the more we can raise early the more we are likely to be offered.

Events

Our most recent event was the Helier Dreux Quiz on 20 January and it was great to see many new faces on the teams involved. Thank you to everyone who attended. We are also planning a family race night and other activities throughout the year.  More details to follow and any ideas for events welcome.

Donations

As you know we are looking to raise £120,000 in total to transform our church kitchen so we can continue and expand our community activities. You can donate online via the BT MyDonate page. Alternatively, cheques can be made payable to St Mark’s PCC and sent to St Mark’s Church, 8 Alma Road, Reigate, Surrey RH2 0DA.  Please state that monies are for the kitchen project. 

If you are a tax payer and making a donation by cheque please ask for information on how to Gift Aid, enabling the church to claim a further 25% on your donation.

Purchases so far

The lockable freezer purchased with grant monies from Surrey County Council is already in use.  We are also looking to buy a lockable fridge and upgrade the electricity supply to the hall shortly.

We are determined to do everything we can to have the kitchen in place this year and as always are grateful for your support.