Children scarred from burns, people with drug or alcohol addictions and repressed communities in Zimbabwe will benefit from a six week appeal launched by a bishop this week to mark Lent, which starts today.
The Bishop of Swansea and Brecon, John Davies, has chosen three charities for his Lent Appeal and is urging people to support them in the six weeks leading up to Easter. He hopes this year’s appeal will top the £17,000 raised last year.
The charities are: Welsh Dragons Burns Club, based at Morriston Hospital Burns Unit, which helps children scared from burns or other traumatic injuries; The Kaleidoscope Project which runs projects in many places, including Llandrindod Wells and Brecon, for people with drug and alcohol problems, enabling them to make positive changes in their lives; and ZANE, which helps regenerate communities in Zimbabwe which have suffered oppression.
Bishop John said, “This is the fourth Lent Appeal the Diocese has embarked upon. We raised more than £4,000 in year one, £10,000 in year two and £17,000 in year three – all reflecting people’s generosity of spirit during a difficult time for many parishes.
“All three causes I’ve chosen this year once again address the reality of human need and suffering in very different ways and circumstances. I hope people will give them prayerful and practical support.
“I received more than 20 suggestions for charities thought suitable for support from this year’s appeal. Without question, each one of them was a worthy cause, and selecting three was no easy task. All of the other charities suggested will receive donations from my Mission and General (Discretionary) Fund and a list of all of them will be published when the final result of the Lent Appeal is announced.”
To donate to Bishop’s Lent Appeal, please send cheques, made payable to the Bishop of Swansea & Brecon (Emergency), to Ely Tower, Castle Square, Brecon, LD3 9DJ