Fundraising - Supermarket Voucher Scheme

Parish of Hagley

St John's with St Saviour's

Supermarket Fundraising Scheme

Dear Parishioner,

This parish needs to increase its income in order to become financially stable.  Without financial stability, we won’t survive as a parish and as a community.  Our parishioners give their time and money generously to the church every week but, unfortunately, we still need more money. 

In the current climate of job insecurity and reduced savings income, we recognise that new ways need to be found to raise more money without placing more demands on you.  One solution that we have identified to this is supermarket vouchers and we are very keen that everyone in the parish supports this.

How it works

We can use the bulk purchasing power that is generated by our parishioners acting together to buy supermarket gift cards or gift vouchers for less than their face value.  We can then sell those to you at their face value each month with the parish keeping the difference to fund its activities.

You would use the vouchers in exactly the same way as you would use vouchers that you receive for your birthday.  In effect, they are no different from cash when you spend them in the supermarket.  The same is true for the gift cards, with the exception that they can be topped up automatically and can be cancelled if they’re lost.  You can still use your Club card or Nectar card as normal.

How much income could we generate?

The discounts available to us are typically 2.5-5% of the face value and we can obtain vouchers for all of the major supermarkets except Waitrose.  If 50 households each bought £200 worth of vouchers per month, we could generate between £250 and £500/ month of additional funds without it costing anyone in the parish a penny.  That could easily add up to an extra £6,000 per year which would make a massive difference to the future of our parish and our churches.  If we could spread the word among friends and family and among those in the village who rely on the church at key times in their lives but who don’t attend regularly, the sky would be the limit!

What we would like you to do

The success of this initiative is vital.  Please consider where you do your shopping each month and how much you spend at each shop.  We shall be selling the vouchers each month, starting in December so that you can use them for your Christmas shopping.  Ideally, we would like everyone to have a repeat order each month, but this is not critical to the operation of the scheme.  There is complete flexibility to change the amount of vouchers that you buy each month and no commitment to buy in future if you buy this month.

Please use the order form on the other side of this letter to indicate how many vouchers you would like from each shop and return it to either church by Sunday 25th November.  If you are willing to buy vouchers monthly on standing order, we would be extremely grateful if you would complete a standing order form as that will make administering the scheme easier.  Otherwise, please pay by cash or make a cheque payable to “Hagley PCC”.  Please also show this letter to your friends and families and ask them to join us.  The more people who buy the vouchers, the greater the benefit to our church will be.

Once we have all of the orders, we shall buy the vouchers and gift cards so that they are available for collection on Sunday 2nd December.  If you are unable to collect them from church that day, we shall deliver them to you.

I really would urge you to give serious consideration to this proposal. 

Yours faithfully,

 

 

Richard Newton

 

Supermarket Fundraising Scheme- Order form

Please use this form to indicate how many vouchers or gift cards you would like for each shop.  Please note that vouchers and gift cards cannot be used to buy petrol or online. 

Vouchers and cards can be ordered in multiples of £5, £10 or £20.  If buying vouchers, please indicate how many of each denomination you would like.  For example, if you would like 10 £10 Asda vouchers and 5 £20 Sainsbury’s vouchers, put the number “10” in the £10 Asda voucher box and the number “5” in the £20 Sainsbury’s voucher box. 

If you are buying cards, simply insert the monetary value that you would like to buy in the box for that shop.  You may wish to order more than one gift card if you are buying for family members or friends.  If so, simply record their purchase as a second card.  If you want to buy cards from more than one shop, simply put different amounts in different boxes on the same row.

Name               ………………………………………………………………………………………………...

Address            ………………………………………………………………………………………………...

………………………………………………………………………………………………...

 

 

 

Asda

Marks & Spencer

Morrison’s

Sainsbury’s

Tesco

Gift vouchers- number

£5

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£10

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

£20

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gift cards

1st card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2nd card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

3rd card

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total (£)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Total cost of all vouchers and cards:      £……………………….

Payment (please delete as applicable):

I enclose a cheque for £…………………………. made payable to Hagley PCC

I enclose £………………………….. cash

I wish to order the same amount of vouchers each month until further notice and I have completed a standing order form (available from Treasurer Stewart Purton)

Signed……………………………………………………………….. Date………………………..2012

NOTE: Please let Stewart or Tony in the Parish Office have the completed form and cheque.


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