Thousands given to help those in hardship

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GENEROUS worshippers have raised almost £23,000 to help local people crippled by debt and poverty.

Church of England congregations raised the cash in south east Hampshire and the Isle of Wight as part of this year’s Bishop’s Lent Appeal. It will be split between branches of the charity Christians Against Poverty in this area and local Foodbanks.

The cash came from individual donations and fundraising events held in churches, during and after the season of Lent. It’s the third year in a row that the total amount raised in the appeal has increased.

Just over £11,500 was given to the three Christians Against Poverty (CAP) centres in Southsea, Gosport and the Isle of Wight. These centres offer free financial support and advice to those struggling with debt.

The other half of the money from the Bishop’s Lent Appeal was shared between 13 Foodbanks across our diocese which help those at their point of need.