Durham Martyrs' Parish Support Fund

The Hardship fund has been renamed – The Support Fund


Over the last few months the Parish, thanks to generous donations from parishioners, has established a Support Fund. The purpose of the fund is to assist parishioners and their families, in the parish catchment area, suffering short-term financial hardship. The fund is now open to applications.


The Support Fund is overseen by a panel. The panel members are: Fred Haywood, Joe Hughes, Chris Mclean, Tony Power and Emma Turnbull with support from Fr. Colm Hayden.

Please read the information sheet before completing your application. A list of alternative support is also available. 


To apply please complete the application form which is available below in PDF format, or via the parish office (subject to Covid restrictions) or by contacting the parish secretary on 07391 529827. There is also a confidential email - durhamsaints@outlook.com 



If you require help to complete an application, any member of the parish community can assist you in this regard, or can submit an application on your behalf.



Do You Need Some Support?


With winter upon us some of us may struggle to keep our homes warm.  Around 10% of households in England were classed as fuel poor prior to Covid 19 pandemic, so this figure is expected to rise.


Older people are among those most likely to suffer as they have the highest fuel costs compared to those of other ages.


You may not consider yourself poor in any respect but have to think twice when it comes to heating.


We would therefore urge, that anyone within the parish irrespective of age having to make such a decision as “Can I afford to put the heating on this winter?” to approach the Support Fund immediately for assistance.


That is what it is there for – to support our fellow parishioners in need.


Information on Durham food Banks

For information please use the on-line link for information on all County Durham Foodbanks – Locations / Opening times / to donate or volunteer