Cathedral Congregation Supports Local Good Causes

Wed, 11 May 2016

The Herts Young Homelessness Group, Yarls Wood Befrienders and the Foundation for Relief and Reconciliation in the Middle East are just three of the good causes supported by the congregation of St Albans Cathedral over the coming year. Each year 10% of congregational giving goes to support good causes, locally and internationally. This year 50 groups are receiving a total of £53,000. Over 60 people representing these different organisations attended a celebration tea party at the cathedral last Sunday (8 May) to receive their cheques. 

In presenting the cheques, the Dean of St Albans, The Very Reverend Dr Jeffrey John, thanked all the different groups for their invaluable work on behalf of people in need whether locally or internationally.

‘The Cathedral is a very visible manifestation of God’s presence in our City. But your organisations’ contribution is as important as the bricks and mortar of this place. My grateful thanks to all of you for the work that you do. Whether your group has an explicit Christian ethos or not, you are all selflessly doing God’s work. I am delighted that thanks to the generosity of the Cathedral congregation we can continue to support you.’  

Helen Elliott from Herts Young Homelessness Group said:

“As a local charity, we rely on the support of the community and so we are delighted to receive this substantial donation from the Cathedral congregation. The money will help us continue to make a real difference in the lives of vulnerable young people in Hertfordshire who are homeless or at risk of becoming so by offering them advice, support and emergency accommodation”.

Marie France Rowland from Yarl’s Wood Befrienders said:

“We are a small voluntary organisation helping an isolated and vulnerable part of our community. The Abbey’s donation offers invaluable practical support to our work in helping women and girls at a very difficult time in their lives.

Although we are independent, with no religious affiliation the Bishop of Bedford was a prime mover in our creation in 2001. We are therefore very grateful that the Abbey congregation continues to show its commitment to our important work.’ 

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