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Lent appeals for UK and world needs

04 March 2022

Diocese of London

A poster for the diocese of London’s Lent appeal

A poster for the diocese of London’s Lent appeal

CHARITABLE works for Lent this year include a focus on mental health in the diocese of London and donating the cash saved by Lenten self-denial towards providing emergency accommodation for people fleeing conflict.

The diocese of London’s Lent appeal will raise money for three specialist charities, who will then work with parishes to help them to develop their provision for those struggling with mental-health issues and the effects of isolation.

The scheme aims to bolster the work already being done by churches, as well as to inform and inspire more projects in the community. The charities involved are Renew Wellbeing, which will help churches to set up “wellbeing spaces”, Restored, who work with victims of domestic abuse, and the youth charity Headstrong.

The international disaster relief charity Shelterbox’s Tent for Lent campaign asks those giving up alcohol, chocolate, or comfort foods for Lent to donate the cash saved. It provides emergency shelter to displaced families and communities around the world, as well as essential items such as lights, blankets, and water filters.

Donating £24, the cost of a chocolate bar every day in Lent, will buy a sleeping mat and blankets; donating £47 — less than a daily coffee — buys a water filter to give vital access to clean water for refugees, the charity says.

Other ideas for those who wish to fund-raise for the Tent for Lent appeal include a sponsored camp-out, a bring-and-share lunch for churches and community groups, or donating the cost of your commute and cycling instead.

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