Salvation Army raises funds to help people across globe

Fundraiser Brenda Mitchell and Heather Loxley from the Salvation Army's International Development Unit.

Fundraiser Brenda Mitchell and Heather Loxley from the Salvation Army's International Development Unit.

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Kind-hearted members of the Salvation Army Church in Brighouse have raised £600 to support the church’s international development work.

Congregation members put aside a small amount of money every week for just under a year to reach their target.

Brenda Mitchell was inspired to raise the money after reading abut the work carried out by the church and charity to support developing communities across the globe.

Lieutenant Claire Whybrow, Commanding Officer at Brighouse Corps, said: “About 20 members of our congregation kindly gave a little money every week and they’ve just reached their goal of £600 which is just wonderful. What’s particularly special is that we can choose what the money buys thanks to an initiative from The Salvation Army, which has given us a list of gifts to choose from. Seeing exactly what our money could do has really helped to spur us on.”

One of the gifts selected by the fundraisers was counselling for a trafficked child, which is £4 for each child.

The group also chose to spend the money on two goats, two chickens, eight school books, six fun days out, medical care for eight vulnerable girls, seven second hand bikes, training for three farmers, five fishing nets, two start-up loans, and lessons to teach eight people to read.

Claire added: “I’m incredibly proud of our fundraisers for achieving their goal and would like to thank them all. We are one army and this is a tremendous effort which will help to change lives.”

The Salvation Army’s international development work aims to resource, empower and support developing communities to defeat poverty and injustice and enable them to build a better life and future.

The work aims to engage with people and encourage them to take action and promote the values of justice, dignity and equality for all.

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