GENEROUS worshippers throughout the Anglican Diocese of Portsmouth have donated almost £19,000 to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal.
Donations were given through church collections and a number of fundraising events held throughout the year.
The money will be split between local foodbanks within the diocese, and a charity that helps Christians in the Holy Land, called Friends of the Holy Land.
The foodbanks, run by the Trussell Trust, feed more than 120,000 people in the UK – which is around double the figure of last year.
This summer the Anglican Bishop of Portsmouth, the Rt Rev Christopher Foster, sent £6,000 of donations to food and basics banks in Portsmouth, Fareham, Gosport, Havant, Petersfield, and the Isle of Wight.
Bishop Christopher said: ‘I want to thank all those who have given so generously and held fundraising events to raise money for this year’s appeal.
‘The sums raised this year exceed those of recent years and I am delighted by the generous response.’
The 2012 appeal has now closed but donations are still being collected by the organisations directly.
For more information on the foodbanks see trusselltrust.org or for more on Friends of the Holy Land see friendsoftheholyland.org.uk.