Ways of giving

Regular donations

It may be easier to commit small amounts over a period of time. £1 a day with Gift Aid amounts to £450 a year to the project. Over 3 years that is more than £1,350.

Perhaps you can commit £10 a week? It doesn't take many families or individuals to commit a regular amount for us to be able to reach our target. But don't leave it for everyone else!

One-off gifts

Not everyone can commit to donating an amount regularly so we will be just as happy for supporters to give single gifts, as large or small as they are able.The same Gift Aid benefits apply if you are a UK taxpayer.

Pledges and legacies

Now may not be the right time to offer money to this project. You may wish to wait until you know more, until the appeal has reached a particular total or for any other reason. If you can pledge a future gift please discuss it with us. If you will be donating we can take it into consideration when working out how close we are to reaching our target.

People may be considering bequests and legacies. Any bequests to this project; towards the church family; or towards a specific item would be gratefully received.

How to donate

You can make a regular donation or a one-off payment in a variety of ways.


You can use this really useful purple button to donate directly via Paypal.


If you would like to send us a cheque, please make it payable to: St Helen Appeal for St Martin's.

Bank Transfer

You can donate by making a bank transfer or BACS payment either online or in person at your bank.
Bank Transfers may be made to:
St Helen’s Appeal for St Martin’s
Bank Sort Code: 20-22-67
Appeal Account No.: 80219819
IBAN: GB05 BUKB 20226780219819 (for international transfers)


You can also visit us and make a donation personally at Orthodox Parish Of Saint Helen Of Colchester, 17 Maidenburgh Street, Colchester,Essex CO1 1UB.

Donation Form

We also have donation forms available at the Church. You can fill this in with your payment details and donation choices and we'll take care of the rest.

A few further important thoughts

Although we have been given the opportunity to purchase St Martin’s by the CCT there is no binding legal agreement until we have reached £120,000 towards the target. Until we reach that target we cannot be certain that someone else will not come along and buy the church. The sooner we get there the better.

We will have to record all the donations, pledges, loans and grants that come in. If you wish to donate anonymously we will mark the record accordingly. Every penny will be treated confidentially. All data protection rules and regulations will be complied with. We would like to keep a record of those who have helped with funds or in kind, again only if you wish.

We recognise that some institutional grants or gifts are conditional on visible recognition being given. We can discuss how to memorialise the contributions of generous benefactors who will help us realise this opportunity before us. Visitors to churches and other civic buildings will see this is nothing unusual. In the case that we fail to secure St Martin’s we will be in touch with all donors with alternative plans or to return the gifts.