Charities working with those affected by COVID-19 restrictions and lockdown are among those to receive support from Peterborough’s St John the Baptist. The city’s parish church, based in Cathedral Square, has made gifts of more than £7,000 from last year’s proceeds of the church’s coffee shop.
In addition to supporting the work of the Church, beneficiaries include mental health charities and organisations working with the homeless, as well as Thorpe Hall Hospice. Groups working in environmental, health and justice projects nationally and internationally have also received donations. St John’s also has a commitment to being open and inclusive, and supports the efforts of the Inclusive Church Network to promote and support this work in the wider Church.
The full list is:
British Red Cross
Light Project Peterborough
Peterborough Soup Kitchen
Peterborough Women’s Aid
Thorpe Hall Hospice
Canon Ian Black, Vicar of St John’s, said: “We are delighted to be able to make these gifts, and we know that they will be timely when so many charities are facing difficulties at the moment. There is increased demand for all of their services, and we are grateful to everyone who has supported the coffee shop over the past year – those who have baked and served at the counter, our customers and our friends.
“The church building has been closed since 24th March and we do not know at the moment when we will be able to open the cafe again. This will significantly affect the donations we are able to make next year. When we do open, we will work with the guidelines in place for cafes at that time. Many of the volunteers are in vulnerable groups themselves, so there will have to be a very careful assessment made first.
“Our church aims to be a beacon of faith, hope and love in the heart of our city, and this is one of the ways in which we are able to show this.”