Lockdown/Lent Project: latest

By Mission in Action

On 25 March 2021

This spring’s fundraiser in aid of Partington’s Hope Centre

We set ourselves a target of £2,000 for our Lockdown Project in aid of the Hope Centre in Partington. We’re delighted to report that, as of 24 March, we had raised more than £5,000. This is fantastic news, and money is still coming in, so thank you to everyone who has been able to support us. An interim payment has been paid. The Hope Centre is a lifeline to residents in one of the poorest parishes in our Diocese, and is supporting 100 families a week with food parcels. We committed to fund the £5 fresh food element in each parcel every week for a month, but have now been able to extend that provision for another month at least. There’s still time to support this worthwhile fundraising effort, which will run until Easter Day, 4 April.

BACS payments may be made direct into the Mission in Action account:

Sort Code: 51-61-11

Account Number: 77904745

Account Name: St Peters PCC No2

Reference: Lockdown Project

Or you can write a cheque, payable to St Peters PCC No 2, and drop it off or send it to the Parish Office. Please mark the back of your cheque Lockdown Project.

Do read on for more information about the invaluable work that The Hope Centre in Partington does:

Partington is only five miles from Hale, but it could be a world away. One of the poorest areas of Greater Manchester, its levels of long-term unemployment and deprivation were high before the pandemic hit. But for the past 10 months things have got much worse.

Volunteers at The Hope Centre, based at The Hideaway community hub in the shopping centre, are making a difference. The Centre supports local people with everything from food and help with energy bills to literacy education and advice, including debt counselling. In early 2020, The Hope Centre was supporting 10 families each week with free food parcels. Since Christmas, that has risen to 100 families.

For each £20 food parcel, £15 of store cupboard staples are generally donated, either by individuals direct or through supermarkets. But it’s The Hope Centre that purchases the crucial fresh food – milk, bread, eggs and sausages – at a cost of £5 per parcel. That cost has to be covered through monetary donations.

To provide fresh, nutritious basics for 100 families, at £5 a family, is costing The Hope Centre £500 a week. We’d love our Lockdown Project to raise enough to meet this cost for a month.

There are plenty of other ways The Hope Centre can use our donations, in one of the poorest parishes in our Diocese. Help is never given as cash but only as food or energy vouchers; utility top-ups are made on behalf of residents, some of whom are trying to survive on as little as £30 a week from benefits while paying back old debts.  (If you’re at the bottom of a hole it can be staggeringly difficult to pull yourself out of it.)

Thank you as ever for your continuing generous support.

Mission in Action team

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