Former Min­is­ter vis­its Leeds char­ity

The Church of England - - NEWS -

Hilary Benn MP, Shadow Sec­re­tary of State for Com­mu­ni­ties and Lo­cal Government, vis­ited St Ge­orge’s Crypt in Leeds on 15 Fe­bru­ary, to be up­dated on how the Crypt is cop­ing with the re­cent se­vere weather.

Mr Benn, who is MP for Leeds Cen­tral, is a keen sup­porter of the Crypt and has kept up to date with its work through­out his time as a serv­ing MP.

The Crypt’s PR and Fundrais­ing Di­rec­tor, Martin Pat­ter­son, said: “We are very grate­ful to our con­stituency MP, Hilary Benn, who has been a con­stant sup­porter and cham­pion of the Crypt through­out all his time as our MP. It will be ex­cel­lent to meet him again to brief him on the in­crease in de­mand for our ser­vices in re­cent months.” The Pres­i­dent of the gov­ern­ing body of foot­ball, FIFA, vis­ited Mercy Ships vol­un­teers and pa­tients on a per­sonal trip aboard Africa Mercy, the world’s largest char­ity hospi­tal ship to wit­ness its life-trans­form­ing work.

Sepp Blat­ter was in Con­akry, Guinea on the sec­ond stop of his four-na­tion African tour. “I was not only deeply im­pressed, but also touched by the care Mercy Ships is giv­ing th­ese poor peo­ple and how well you are or­ga­nized. I am touched by the hope and courage given to those you are serv­ing,” Pres­i­dent Blat­ter re­marked. The Bishop of South­well & Not­ting­ham and his wife Rose­mary joined the Chief Ex­ec­u­tive of Not­ting­ham & Not­ting­hamshire Age UK, Mick Tin­kler, at a spe­cial Valen­tine’s Day lunch for older peo­ple at St Wil­frid’s Church Calver­ton on Thurs­day, 14 Fe­bru­ary.

The lunch was a dou­ble cel­e­bra­tion – mark­ing the end of Na­tional Mar­riage week and high­light­ing the Age UK Cam­paign to end Lone­li­ness, which is be­ing sup­ported by Bishop Paul.

Older Per­son’s Ad­viser for the Dio­cese of South­well & Not­ting­ham, Paul Howard, said: “It’s a dis­tress­ing fact that over a mil­lion peo­ple 65 and over in this countr y feel ‘al­ways’ or ‘very’ lonely and over 27,000 older peo­ple in Not­ting­hamshire feel trapped in their own home. Many of our churches are al­ready tack­ling this prob­lem by run­ning lunch clubs, events and a vis­it­ing ser­vice for older peo­ple in their com­mu­ni­ties, but we want to do more and we’re ap­peal­ing to church mem­bers to pledge to visit older peo­ple who live near them and sup­port this cam­paign to end lone­li­ness.”

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