Back in the Spring of 2020, we decided to modernise all our R+S accounting processes including encouraging participants to use JustGiving, while we would make all the 50% repayments by BACS. Then, COVID-19 put the whole event into doubt. Once we had decided to go ahead, the restrictions on working alongside each other made it very difficult to practise and perfect the new system and update the complex spreadsheets which our book-keeper uses to account for cheques, cash, JustGiving and Gift Aid.
We apologise that the whole process ran later than in previous years. The good news is that R+S 2020 in Dorset was a huge success - topping £112,528 - yes £112,528, including Gift Aid! We are pleased to report that we have paid back all the 50% shares, totalling £47,048, where requested, to church accounts. The vast majority of payments were by BACS, with only a dozen payments having to be by cheque.
Thank you for making R+S such a success.
Our Tomorrow - Lessons from today and hopes for the future
As your chairman I am convinced that the crisis in Public Health we are living through has helped us to focus on what is important and to do what is right. To do what is right for our communities, our churches, the people who support us and for the management and direction of the Trust.
2020 has challenged us all. It has also provided us with new insights and opportunities to strengthen the foundation for increasing success in supporting our historic churches in 2021 and beyond.