Bishop’s Christmas Appeal - a thank you

First published on: 18th January 2024

Bishop Helen-Ann has thanked everyone who contributed to her Christmas Appeal which has raised £2,217.34 in aid of two charities which make a real difference to people’s lives at Christmas, and at all times of the year.

The annual Bishop’s Christmas Appeal was launched in early December, in support of the West End Refugee Service and the Farming Community Network.

Bishop Helen-Ann (pictured right) said: “The Church has always been a place of refuge and support for those in need. At Christmas I asked all who were able to join me in supporting the work of these two charities which make such a difference to people’s lives.

“Thank you to all who considered my appeal and made generous contributions towards this vital work.”

The West End Refugee Service (WERS) provides information, advice and advocacy, together with material and financial support to those who are seeking refuge in our area, and are waiting for their asylum claim to be processed by the State. They are on a very limited income and are not permitted to work. Many become homeless, as they have no access to public funds.

The Farming Community Network (FCN) is a charity that supports farmers and families within the farming community through difficult times, including financial difficulties, animal disease, mental health and family disputes. Through a network of volunteers, FCN provides free and confidential, pastoral and practical support to anyone who seeks help, and also runs a confidential helpline.

Photo (left): The WERS team 

Photo (bottom right): Farming Community Network

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