The Link was set up to provide a place where, through the provision of refreshments, caring Christian contact could be made with the people in our community. The aim was to cover costs but not to a make profit. All those involved are volunteers. They give freely of their time and talents and, as a result, each year there has been some surplus of income over expenditure.

Since 1992 donations of surplus funds have been made to charities in the local area. The churches involved in the Link nominated the recipients and donations in excess of £140,000 have been made.

Churches in Reading Drop in Centre (CIRDIC) and The Women’s Centre are supported by Churches Together in Reading and have received an amount each year. Other charities that have received donations in recent years include:

Duchess of Kent House
Alzheimer’s Society
Christian Community Action
Reading Crossroads
Multiple Sclerosis Society
St Michael’s Playgroup
Affinity Trust
Thames Valley Chiltern Air Ambulance
Christians Against Poverty
Multiple Sclerosis Therapy Centre
Willow House Salvation Army Hostel
Sue Ryder Care
Royal Institute for the Blind
Hearing dogs for the Deaf
Combat Stress
Reading Talking Newspaper for the Blind
Causeway Prospects
Mustard Tree Foundation
Yeldhall Manor
Reading Single Homeless Project
Door of Hope
Reading YMCA
Downs Syndrome Association
Hope House
Resource for Mental Health
The Refugee Support Group
Feed the Children
Daisy’s Dream
St Vincent de Paul Society
Reading Samaritans