New appeal to help people in need at Easter
CHURCH members who came together to help people in need last year have launched a new appeal.
Organisers of Together For Fromeside’s Comfort and Joy appeal, launched last November, now want to help families in need over Easter.
Kate Kernaghan, of Zion Church in Frampton Cotterell, said the new appeal, working with local schools, health and housing bodies, aimed to provide funding for ‘Food, Fuel and Floors’ for those in need.
She said: "The response from across the community to Together For Fromeside’s ‘Comfort and Joy’ appeal was awesome!
"Over £11,000 was donated and every penny helped to make a huge difference to families in need, who received food vouchers, hampers, winter clothes, assistance with fuel bills and more.
"It will come as no surprise that there is still significant need; some 30% of under 16-year-olds nationally are in poverty, and this figure is expected to grow.
"This Easter, families in the Frome Valley are also in need, and your local churches are committed to seeking to meet this need and are inviting us all to join in."
The food part of the appeal aims to provide local emergency food provision.
The fuel aspect aims to tackle fuel poverty, where people cannot afford to heat homes, which organisers say has grown during months of lockdown and home-schooling.
Organisers say that moving in to rented accommodation with just cement floors, without the means to buy any carpet or other flooring, is "a difficulty experienced by many local families".
Donations can be made online at justgiving.com/campaign/foodfuelfloors and can also be made by cheque, made out to ‘Churches Together in Frampton Cotterell & Coalpit Heath (LEP)’ and delivered to Zion Church in Woodend Road, Frampton Cotterell.
By today the appeal, which is open until April 11, had raised £4,319.
Picture: Peter Barnard, head of Frampton Cotterell C of E School with (from l-r) Kate Kernaghan, Naomi Sharp, Rev Malcom Strange and Zoe Drew at the launch of last year's Comfort and Joy appeal.