My daily prayer for Ridley Hall is that it will continue to flourish as it plays a vital role in the training of leaders for the Church. Ridley is in the business of fetching life-giving water.
The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu (Ridley 1974-77)
We are passionate about equipping leaders for our ever-changing world. Your support - whether by prayer or by gift, large or small - will sustain Ridley's future contribution to the Church.
Ways to support our work
You can choose to support Ridley's ministry by:
- praying for us
- giving online by credit card
- setting up a standing order
- sending us a cheque
- remembering us in your will
- donating stocks or property
- using our Shop at Amazon link
Specifying the destination of your gift...
When making your gift, please choose which fund you wish your money to be directed to. Ridley Hall's funds are:
- Annual Fund
- Faith for the Future Capital Campaign (including John Stott Auditorium)
- Overseas Bursaries
- UK/EU Bursaries
Click a tab below to find out more information about our funds.
If you wish to support one of our Centres instead, follow the links below:
- The Simeon Centre for Prayer and the Spiritual Life
- Faith in Business
- The Centre for Pioneer Learning
- The Centre for Youth Ministry
Our vision and passion is to be a Christ-centred community where people are formed by the Holy Spirit - formed to know the love of God, to live in grace and service, and to be able to articulate the Gospel with clarity, power and hope to a rapidly changing world.
Revd Dr Michael B. Thompson, Vice-Principal
If you are a UK tax payer please consider Gift Aiding your contribution. For every £1 donated with Gift Aid we can claim an extra 0.25p back at no extra cost to the donor. To see how regular Gift Aided donations add up, visit our Regular Giving page.
We have a range of funds that allow you to support a specific area of our work:
- The Annual Fund
- The Faith for the Future building campaign
- Student bursaries (for UK and overseas students)
Find out more about each of our funds by clicking the tabs.
The Annual Fund
Our Annual Fund was created in 2011 to enable the College to continue to provide the best possible setting for its students' formation. To achieve this, the College has to rely on the generosity of its alumni and friends. Ridley has no historical endowment, and can no longer rely on central funding to meet all of its needs.
In its second year, the Fund raised £75,000, enabling the College to support a range of projects of direct benefit to the Ridley community, from the annual prayer weekend for first-year students and their spouses, to a much-needed new kitchen for 'B' staircase.
Every gift counts; the Annual Fund allows a large number of relatively small donations to have a major impact. Key areas of College life that might benefit from the Fund include: teaching, IT facilities, the library, buildings and grounds, support services and the chapel. Priorities will vary annually, reflecting changing needs within the College.
The New Building
Ridley Hall was originally built to accommodate a community of around 30 young male graduates of the Cambridge colleges; today around 140 students - men and women, ordinands, independents and youth work trainees - study, work and live in these same buildings. Ridley is flourishing, but it is already stretched well beyond its intended capacity.
The planned new building, which will be Ridley’s largest physical development in a century, will create a spacious auditorium (the John Stott Auditorium) and commons area as well as providing much-needed extra residential, teaching and administrative facilities. It will be built on the site of the old Principal’s Garden, and will form a fitting complement to Ridley’s existing facilities, echoing and blending with the older buildings.
When completed, the new building will add 2,272 square metres of space, or almost 24,500 square feet, and will equip Ridley to meet the demands of the coming decades, ensuring that its ministry continues to grow and develop well into the 21st century. For further information see our Future Plans page.
The Student Bursaries (Overseas) Fund will be used to assist young Church leaders and those preparing for ministry from overseas to come to Cambridge to study at Ridley.
Recent overseas visitors have come from countries as diverse as China, Nigeria, the USA, Romania, Egypt, and Uganda.
The Student Bursaries (Home/EU) Fund aims to subsidise educational and living costs for those undergoing ministerial training.