I cannot say a big enough thank you to all who have supported our Christmas Appeals this year; the response has been absolutely fabulous.
At Christmas time we turn our thoughts to those who are needy living in our own communities and try to give a bit of extra help over the festive period.
The statistics for Yorkshire are chilling:
- Yorkshire is said to have the highest level of child poverty in the country affecting 23% of children
- 23% of people in Yorkshire live in low accommodation households.
- Nearly 40,000 households in Leeds are in the grip of fuel poverty
- 66% of pupils from poor homes in Yorkshire do not achieve a good level of development.
- Usage of foodbanks in Yorkshire has soared by 61% since last year
- The number of refugees arriving in Yorkshire with absolutely nothing has phenomenally increased over the past year with 300 a week arriving.
Our Christmas Appeals are aimed at helping with the different needs of so many.
Thank you to our donators, supporters and schools who have made financial donations to the hardship fund totalling £2,770. With the appropriate care and support and by providing a small amount of financial support we can help people back to helping them selves.
Thank you to the primary schools in the Diocese of Leeds who made donations to our “When a child is born appeal”. The children were asked to think about if baby Jesus was born today what gifts could they bring to him. These gifts, which can meet all of baby’s needs, are used throughout the year through our Gianna project which supports mothers and their babies with an unplanned pregnancy. Your generous gifts have also enabled us to support Headingley Children’s Centre and its work with a local refuge housing asylum seeker mothers and their children. We have also been able to offer immediate assistance to “We are Wakefield” and “One Nation” in Batley with their work in the refugee camps in Dunkirk. Syria and Iraq.
A huge thank you goes to all those who have donated toys. We have made over 175 toy deliveries to needy families in the community, including our children’s home, in the run up to Christmas and provided a gift for a child who otherwise would have had no present to unwrap on Christmas day. Your generous donations have put a smile on the face of a child.
Thank you for all those who have donated food and toiletries, your response have been amazing. Our team have delivered around 60 hampers to families who really struggle all year round and especially so at Christmas. As a result of your generosity we have also been able to support the homeless in Leeds through St George’s Crypt and have reached out to those most marginalised in our society with donations to asylum seeker projects including, We are Wakefield, One Nation Batley, Yorkshire Aid and Leeds Food Aid Network.