We always welcome gifts and donations to help the work of our churches. Coronavirus has had an impact on our normal giving channels and our fund raising plans, especially at St Mary’s where last year we ran a deficit budget of £43,000, and this year (2021) we are continuing to spend £2000 more each month than we have in income.
We particularly encourage members of our congregations to consider reviewing what they give and how they give it, at this time.
The Parish Giving Scheme
The most efficient way to give, by a very long way, is to use the Parish Giving Scheme. This is really just a direct debit scheme but the process is managed for us at no cost and Gift Aid is automatically reclaimed on all eligible donations.
You can sign up for the Parish Giving Scheme in one of three ways:
Sign up to the PGS online (St Mary’s)
Sign up to the PGS by phone
Just call 0333 002 1271 you’ll be taken through the process.
You will need the PGS code for the parish you wish to give to, these are:
Ross (St Mary’s) – 180618244
Walford (St Michael’s) – 180618253
Brampton Abbotts (St Michael’s) – 180618477
Sign up to the PGS by post
If you prefer to do it by post, you can pick up a Parish Giving leaflet from church and complete the form. Alternatively complete this simple online form, email our treasurer, or call the Benefice office on 01989 562175 and we’ll get back to you.
Revise your regular giving via the PGS
If you already have an online account you can sign in and simply alter the amount you wish to give – it’s a simple process – a couple of clicks.
If you signed up some while ago on paper you can convert your account to digital. Call 0333 002 1271 it takes about 2 minutes and you don’t need any special information. If you don’t want to call them you can message them.
Or you can just call 0333 002 1271 and change the amount you give over the phone.
Make a one-off donation now
We encourage all members of our regular community to consider regular giving (above) but if you’d like to make a one off donation to one of our churches, you can do that here.
Gift Aid is important to us and helps your money work harder for us at no cost to you. If you use the PGS you’ll automatically be enrolled in the Gift Aid scheme. If you give in any way, and you haven’t been asked to do so, we ask you to complete a Gift Aid donation form, that way we can reclaim a further 25% on top of your donation at no cost to you.
All physical forms should be returned to The Treasurer, Benefice Office, The Rectory, Church Street, Ross-on-Wye HR9 5HN
Scanned copies will do to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Have you considered leaving us a gift in your will?
A legacy is an excellent way to support St Mary’s, or any charity, as it is both tax free and can reduce the value of your taxable estate.
The Importance of a Will
Even if you have no relatives or friends for whom you might wish to provide, it is important that you leave a will to maintain control over what happens to your estate. If you die without making a will, there are circumstances in which everything you own passes to the State. If you have already made your will, you can amend it at any time but to ensure that it is legally binding, consult your solicitor or other suitably qualified person.
Inheritance Tax at a rate of 40% is payable on any amount you leave over £325,000 (2021) for a single person (double for those married or in Civil Partnerships). Gifts to charities are not taxable and your legacy can be used as a means of reducing your estate to a level below the Inheritance Tax Threshold. Your solicitor, financial advisor or accountant will advise you.
Before proceeding with any of these you should, of course, consult your solicitor or other suitably qualified person. You will find more independent advice on leaving a legacy at https://rememberacharity.org.uk