Charity’s former Archbishop of York sees huge surge in demand



A charity founded by a former Archbishop of York and an entrepreneur in the city has seen a dramatic increase in the demand for help due to the pandemic.

The charity ‘Acts 435’ has registered a more than 50 percent increase in people in need of help since the grip of Kovid.



In February 2020, 334 people came to the charity to help, a figure that increased to 513 in April last year.

The charity, founded 11 years ago by the then Archbishop of York, Dr. John Sentamu, and Richer Sounds founder Julian Richer, provides small grants to those in need.



Act 435 puts those who can provide specific assistance in contact with those in need, with 500 churches and local charities acting as an online platform for those who are struggling financially.

Acts 435 Executive Director Jenny Herrera said: “We are fully aware that each month we rely on people to meet needs, but experience has shown that there are many people who care deeply. And really want to help.



“They read about the challenges facing people in poverty such as Universal Credit uplift, removal of health conditions and low wages, they want to help.”

Act 435 was initiated at the General Synod of the Church of England, and has helped over 32,000 people over the years.

Jenny said: “Maybe they’re just about facing low income or unsafe work, but then the car breaks down or the washing machine stops working – it’s the last straw that makes life seem unbearable.

“We take steps to take a burden off such as clearing bills that are weighing heavily on an individual, the cost of driving tests so they can become more employable, or if they have found a job but are specialized to start. Tools are needed and you don’t have the money to buy those work boots.”

Jenny said: “We are surprised and very grateful to our donors, giving new donors every week, responding to appeals on social media.

“Earlier this month, when we sent a mailshot to our regular supporters highlighting requests in the children’s category, we received a staggering £9,000 in just one day to cover individual needs.”

Julian was inspired by Acts 4:32 to 4:35 in the New Testament, when early Christians gave money to the apostles to give to the needy.

Julian had already seen a network of partner churches and charities and the idea of ​​making it UK-wide so that people in more affluent areas could help those in need, and agreed to charity for Dr.

One hundred percent of each donation goes to those in need, with no additional fundraising required, and gift aid completely covering administration costs.

Jenny said: “It’s a privilege to be able to provide a way for us to connect those who want to help those in need, and over the years I’ve realized that we serve our donors in every way possible. Experience this palpable joy of giving to our beneficiaries as much as by enabling them.”

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