Dio­cese of Portsmouth

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Bishop Foster’s Lent Ap­peal has raised £31,400,through gen­er­ous do­na­tions and events.

The to­tal is 50 per cent higher than the amount raised last year and all goes to help those strug­gling with phys­i­cal and men­tal health prob­lems.

The Dio­cese will split the pro­ceeds raised by church­go­ers to an in­ter­na­tional and lo­cal char­ity.

The Beth­le­hem Arab So­ci­ety for Rec­on­cil­i­a­tion, a char­ity that works across the Pales­tinian Author­ity and pro­vides surgery and re­ha­bil­i­ta­tion for vic­tims of violence, and lo­cal char­i­ties that help peo­ple with men­tal health prob­lems, will ben­e­fit from the pro­ceeds.

The Dio­cese is also work­ing with their dioce­san men­tal health ad­viser, the Rev James Hair, to raise aware­ness of th­ese is­sues and the sup­port avail­able across the dio­cese.

Lo­cal char­i­ties the League of Friends of Oak­lands, Portsmouth Mind Off the Record Veter­ans Out­reach Ser­vice, Portsmouth Abuse Rape Cri­sis Ser­vice and In­de­pen­dent Arts will all re­ceive do­na­tions.

The Bishop, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster said: “This is a huge achieve­ment, for which I am im­mensely grate­ful. It is a tan­gi­ble sign of how com­mit­ted we are as a dio­cese to sup­port­ing the needs of peo­ple in our com­mu­ni­ties and the wider world.”

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