Tuesday, 22 September 2020

Churches come together to raise £850 with Lent lunches

THREE church lunches raised more than £850 for charity.

THREE church lunches raised more than £850 for charity.

Members of the congregations at All Saints’ Church in Peppard, St John’s Church in Kidmore End and Christ the King Church in Sonning Common organised the lunches for Lent.

Volunteers served bread, soup, fruit, tea and coffee at the lunches in return for donations from around 100 people who attended. The money has been split between the Ways and Means Trust, based in Peppard, (£200), the Salvation Army (£250)and the Home of Hope Orphanage in Malawi (£402).

Organiser Sue Nickson, of Stoke Row Road, Peppard, said: “Each lunch was better attended than the last. People were meant to let us know if they were coming but by the last one people were pouring through the door. It was people from the community as well as the church.

“We’re very pleased with the amount raised, which was way beyond what we anticipated.”

The Ways and Means Trust, which provides horticultural therapy for adults with learning difficulties, put its donation towards a new polytunnel. Frances Hill, chief executive of the charity, said: “We’re so appreciative. The polytunnel allows the adults to garden even in wet weather.”

Richard Walker, of Wood Lane, Sonning Common, is a fund-raiser for Home of Hope and said: “One of the issues facing the orphanage at the moment is the price of maize rocketing. It supports a number of people who turn up there starving by employing them and paying them in maize.”

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