Guiseley churches respond to Syrian refugee crisis

Three churches in Guiseley have got together to help raise vital funds for the Syrian refugee crisis.

St Oswald’s, Guiseley Baptist and Guiseley Methodists are hosting a community coffee morning at Guiseley Methodist Church on Saturday 10 October (10am -12noon) to give people the opportunity to support Christian Aid’s Refugee Crisis Appeal.

Katherine Hogg, Christian Aid Regional Coordinator for West Yorkshire, says: “We encourage the people of Guiseley and West Yorkshire to support the Refugee Crisis Appeal and help us respond to the immediate needs of refugees on the move and in the overcrowded, dangerous camps of Lebanon, Syria and Iraq. Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the country’s conflict and 50% of the Syrian population are now displaced, with more than 4.1 million people forced to seek safety outside the country”.

Donations from Guiseley could help provide much-needed basic essentials, including nourishing food, warm blankets and healthcare. Christian Aid’s Head of Middle East, Frances Guy, says: "A further major worry, both in Europe and the Middle East, is that winter is coming which means cold and illness for those without adequate protection.”

In 2004 the Guiseley churches hosted a similar event in response to the Boxing Day Tsunami raising an amazing sum of  £14,950.

PHOTO  L-R Micky Munroe, Pastor of Guiseley Baptist Church, David Pickett, Rector of St Oswald's Guiseley, and Andrew Atkins, Minister of Guiseley Methodist Church. 

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