Diocesan press releases

“So, who is your neighbour?”

When members of Usk Ministry Area heard of an urgent appeal to feed children – not in a Third World Country – but those very close to home, they certainly rose to the challenge.

The appeal came from Archdeacon of the Gwent Valleys, Sue Pinnington who, in a sermon to the combined congregations, highlighted the facts that in some areas of the Valleys more than 50per cent of children live in poverty and that some parents struggle to feed their children during the school holidays.

“So who is your neighbour?”, asked Archdeacon Sue.

Moved by what he heard, Reverend Bob Greenland started a week-long appeal to raise funds and food.

Thanks to the generosity of the people of Usk and the surrounding areas more than £2000 was raised and five crates of food were donated.

Rev Bob, said: “Huge thanks to all those who gave so generously to our appeal for food and money to support parents in the Gwent Valleys during the Summer holidays. These gifts enabled the food bank to support children in need – so well done and thank you!”

The money to feed these children and the food was handed over to the Trussell Trust in Ebbw Vale who will distribute it in the area. The Blaenau Gwent Food Bank is most grateful for all the prayers and practical support.

Leader of the Usk Ministry Area, Reverend Kevin Hasler, said:  “The people of
Usk and surrounding areas responded magnificently. They raised over £2000 and collected five
large crates of food. We can’t thank them enough. This is a real and practical gesture to do as Jesus charged us, to love your neighbour.”