THE appeal had come from Canon Andrew White, of St George's,
Baghdad; and the Seven Churches group of parishes in
Ely diocese responded. Canon White had asked
urgently for warm clothing for refugees - including many Christians
- who had fled from the violence in Mosul, in Iraq, leaving almost
everything behind. They are now suffering terrible winter
conditions in the mountains of Kurdistan.
In just a week, the parishes of Balsham, Hildersham, Great and
Little Abington, West Wratting, Weston Colville, and West Wickham
had collected no fewer than 400 bags of coats, scarves, boots,
children's clothing, rugs, blankets, wellies - even a baby bath,
some crutches, and a cot.
The bags were then driven to Brighton by two members of the
Seven Churches clergy team: the Revd Keith Johnson, a former Dean
of St Christopher's Cathedral, Bahrain; and a lay minister, Keith
Day. The bags are now on their way, by lorry, to the refugees.
"We had planned to deliver the clothes by car," Mr Johnson says,
"but it was obvious from the volume of items we would need to rent
a van, and a local vehicle-hire firm gave us a big discount. This
was a whole community effort."