We did it!

Our campaign is now complete. 29 supporters helped us raise £3,342.54

Closed 11/30/2019

£3,342.54

raised by 29 supporters
St Mary's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton

In Memory of Richard Stephenson

Richard Stephenson, a dear friend and benefactor of St Mary's, died on 2nd November 2019. We are collecting donations in his memory, to be shared equally between the St Mary's Piano Appeal and the Martlets Hospice in Hove.
Closed on 11/30/2019
Charity Registration No: 1158922
About the charity

St Mary's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton

We are an inclusive Anglican church in a vibrant and diverse part of Brighton. We welcome all who enter our doors - for worship, for friendship and fellowship, for arts and community activities. We're fundraising to repair and improve our beautiful building as the living heart of our neighbourhood.

Story

Richard had many roles at St Mary's, some more formal than others. He was our long-standing PCC Treasurer, the Electoral Roll Officer, a committee member of the Friends of St Mary's, and also our representative on Deanery and Diocesan Synod. Much of that work, however, was done behind the scenes.

Instead, most people knew Richard as the friendly, welcoming face at the church door on a Sunday morning, handing out programme sheets at our music recitals, managing the Big Issue distribution office at the church several days a week, and running Kemp Town Talks, the free English conversation classes he set up at St Mary's on Friday and Saturday mornings. He gave very generously to the church, financially as well as in his commitment of time and energy.

We have chosen two causes close to Richard's heart to support with this appeal in his memory, and will share any donations received equally between them.

He was a great supporter of the church's purchase of a beautifully reconditioned 1904 C. Bechstein Grand Piano in 2017. He dearly hoped to see the fundraising for that completed. Of the original £18,000 cost, we have just over £6,000 left to raise.

During his final illness, Richard was beautifully cared for by the nurses at the Martlets Hospice in Hove. Through their kindness, every minute of his waning life was endowed with as much meaning and value as all those that had preceded it. They enabled him to die peacefully, with grace and dignity, and they made a difficult time incalculably precious for his wife Katherine. The hospice is an independent charity and needs to raise two-thirds of its costs from fundraising. The trustees gratefully welcome all donations, big and small.

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Supporters

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Anonymous

4 months ago

Heidi Ellison

4 months ago

£50.00

David Coulthard

4 months ago

With love and prayers

£30.00

+ £7.5 Gift Aid

Anonymous

4 months ago

Anonymous

4 months ago

About the charity

St Mary's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton
St Mary's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton

We are an inclusive Anglican church in a vibrant and diverse part of Brighton. We welcome all who enter our doors - for worship, for friendship and fellowship, for arts and community activities. We're fundraising to repair and improve our beautiful building as the living heart of our neighbourhood.

Charity Registration No: 1158922

http://www.stmaryschurchbrighton.org.uk

Donation summary

Total raised

£3,342.54

+ £165.00 Gift Aid

Direct Donations

£1,529.54

Donations via Fundraisers

£0.00

Offline donations

£1,813.00
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In Memory of Richard Stephenson

St Mary's Church, Kemp Town, Brighton