Diocese of Portsmouth
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.”