News Articles Diocese of Winchester churches raise over £14,000 to help fight Ebola

Diocese of Winchester churches raise over £14,000 to help fight Ebola

Christian Aid workers in West Africa

Christian Aid workers in West Africa (Photo courtesy of Christian Aid)

Churches and the public across the Diocese of Winchester have been thanked by Christian Aid after donating over £14,000 so far to the charity’s Ebola Crisis Appeal launched at the end of last year.  This contribution from the church communities of the Diocese makes up over a quarter of all the donations received in the charity’s south west region.

Despite a year of international crises; churches and the public across Hampshire and the cities of Southampton and Bournemouth have responded to the charity’s appeals to help fund its response to the deadly outbreak in Sierra Leone.

Donations total £14,403 so far, and a further £2,989 has been raised in Dorset, part of which is also covered by the Diocese of Winchester.

Over 6,800 people have died from Ebola in West Africa and over 18,000 have been infected, but the impact is far wider, with families, communities, businesses, schooling, livelihoods and healthcare all severely affected.

The donations will help to supply emergency packages, containing food and hygiene materials, to vulnerable families living in quarantine in some of the country’s Ebola hot-spots.

Christian Aid partners have also trained hundreds of local volunteers to give life-saving advice on how to limit the spread of the disease, and have distributed over 200,000 pairs of disposable gloves and 360kg of powdered chlorine to community health teams, to help keep the contagious killer at bay.

The Ven Paul Moore, Archdeacon for Mission Development at the Diocese of Winchester said:

“I’m very proud of the contribution that churches and the public across the Diocese have made to this appeal.  Communities across West Africa are facing terrible suffering because of this disease.  As Christians we not only seek to help those in our local communities, but stand in solidarity with all those who face suffering, providing both love and tangible support.  Our prayers and support continue to be with all those affected by this crisis.”

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Notes to Editors:

Christian Aid South West covers Bristol, the Channel Islands, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Hampshire, the Isle of Wight, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

For further information on Christian Aid’s work contact Emma Nutbrown on 07814 131169 or Libbie Sheppard on 01793 771018.

1. Christian Aid works in some of the world’s poorest communities in around 50 countries at any one time. They act where there is great need, regardless of religion, helping people to live a full life, free from poverty. They provide urgent, practical and effective assistance in tackling the root causes of poverty as well as its effects.

2. Christian Aid is a member of the ACT Alliance, a global coalition of more than 130 churches and church-related organisations that work together in humanitarian assistance, advocacy and development. Further details at http://actalliance.org