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Who are we?
The Mary Strand Trust is the charity of The Catholic Universe newspaper. The paper was founded in 1860 in London, and was published in The Strand. During the depression of the 1930s staff at The Universe paid for and packed Christmas food and present parcels for needy families in London. Such was the need and demand that a trust was established, under the spiritual patronage of our Holy Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary – hence, ‘Mary’ and ‘The Strand’ became The Mary Strand Trust. Today the Trust thrives through the generosity of readers of The Catholic Universe and The Catholic Times, and distributes around £100,000 of assistance every year.
“To relieve the distress caused by sickness, poverty and old age.”
What do we do?
We distribute financial aid quickly and effectively to people in urgent need. In particular we can offer help in situations where normal agencies and routes to assistance fail. Most of our grants are for small amounts that make a huge difference to individuals and families – urgent clothing needs, domestic appliances, shoes, medical aids, funeral expenses, food shortages, household repairs, respite breaks and other domestic needs.
How to apply:
All applications for help must be presented by a recognised person – your parish priest, a parish sister, diocesan lay worker or similar contact. These people will be aware of the Mary Strand Trust and how it might be able to help. Your application will be dealt with in the strictest confidence and you will not be in any way identified or named. We do, however, reserve the right to discuss your application in confidence with the nominated applicant if neccessary.
Contacting us (applications by post or email):
Chairman of The Mary Strand Trust: Joseph Kelly, The Mary Strand Trust, c/o The Universe Media Group Ltd, Guardian Print Centre, Parkway, Longbridge Road, Trafford Park, Manchester M17 1SN
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