We’ve counted the votes, and based on that, these are the charities we will support for the coming year.

In order to get our “Charity Year” back in line with the rest of the Church’s financial year, we are only going to collect for these causes for TEN MONTHS instead of our usual 12



Parkinson’s Disease [PD] is a progressive neurological condition. This means that it causes problems in the brain & gets worse over time. Around 145,000 people live with Parkinson’s in the UK – some 12,400 in Scotland, & these numbers are increasing.

Parkinson’s UK provides invaluable information & support to those suffering with Parkinson’s, their families, friends & carers. The organization also funds research for better understanding of the disease, its treatment & care & ultimately a cure.

There is a Scottish Office of the charity, based in Perth: “We’re on a mission to change attitudes, support one another & find a cure. Our small staff team & more than 300 volunteers are based in communities across Scotland, & we work together to improve lives for everyone affected by Parkinson’s.”



ORBIS is a non-profit humanitarian organisation devoted to blindness prevention & treatment in developing countries.

Imagine losing your sight in one of the poorest regions in the world. Where would you turn for help? With few quality eye doctors, hospitals or clinics, your chances of getting the right kind of care are small. Over 70% of blindness is preventable or treatable – through interventions we take for granted, such as removal of cataracts or the fitting of proper glasses.

The ORBIS Flying Eye Hospital is a specially designed & converted DC-10 aircraft. In the fight against avoidable blindness, every minute counts. The longer someone waits to be treated, the higher their chance of becoming permanently blind. When circumstances allow, the Orbis Flying Eye Hospital flies a team of eye care specialists to low- & middle-income countries where they save people’s sight & share skills & techniques with local medical teams.