Restoration - can you help us?
We continue to raise money to fully restore this magnificent Christopher Wren church, consecrated in 1684, so that it may serve the community for a further 300 years.
The Appeal – key stages
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St James’s not only has importance for the area immediately around it but also forms part of the great architectural heritage of Wren buildings in London.
The Post-War restoration is now in desperate need of repair. Damp and general deterioration of the fabric mean that there is now a great deal of urgent work required in order to restore Wren’s only surviving West End church to its original glory.
Ways of helping
Gift Aid, legacies, a gift in memory and share-giving are all ways of donating to St James’s Church, although by no means the only ones.
Gift Aid is a way of making a tax-efficient gift to charity. The Gift Aid scheme is for gifts of money by individuals who pay UK tax. Gift Aid donations are regarded as having basic rate tax deducted by the donor. St James's is able to take your donation - which is money you've already paid tax on - and reclaim basic rate tax from HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) on its 'gross' equivalent - the amount before basic rate tax was deducted. Basic rate tax is 20 per cent, so this means that if you give £10 using Gift Aid, it's worth £12.50 to St James's.
Companies may also claim relief from corporation tax on Gift Aided donations to St James’s Church.
A legacy (a gift left by your Will) is one of the most generous gifts you can give. There are two mains ways to give -
A Gift in Memory
Making a donation in memory of a friend or relative is a special way to remember them. Many people now prefer to give a donation to charity instead of giving flowers at a funeral. All gifts in memory receive an individual acknowledgement and the next of kin are advised of the names of donors and the total amount of the specific Memorial Fund.
We believe that all donors, whether big or small, have the right to be recognised publicly if they so wish. For further information you may contact the Parish Secretary in confidence.
Giving shares is a remarkably tax efficient way to support St James’s Church. Instead of donating money you simply transfer shares. Any individual or company can do this with large or small amounts of shares.
We shall soon be adding an online facility for giving. In the meantime, if you have any questions please contact
The St James’s Church Piccadilly Restoration Appeal
c/o David Hamilton-Peters, Parish Secretary