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Charity Launched by Archbishop of York Helps 2000 People


2:47pm 11th June 2013

The Christian online giving charity, Acts435.org.uk, has today announced it has responded to its 2000th request for help.

Since the launch of the charity in 2010, by the Archbishop of York Dr John Sentamu, Acts435.org.uk has provided over £175,000 in donations to individuals in need of school uniforms, basic items of furniture, debt relief orders, food and much more besides.

Acts435.org.uk is about connecting those who can help those in need, whilst protecting donor anonymity and applicant confidentiality.  100% of what is donated to Acts 435 goes directly to those requiring help. Donors from across the country are giving on average £7,000 a month at acts435.org.uk at the current time, compared to just £2,300 this time last year. 

Over the past year, Foodbanks have reported a significant rise in people using their services.  Acts 435 is also finding a similar situation as individuals struggle to cope with a relationship breakdown or redundancy or when a benefit such as disability living allowance is removed. 

Executive Director Jenny Herrera said: “To think just 12 months ago we were seeking to hit our 800th request and now we are already seeing that activity has more than doubled - it is inspiring that people want to give to help those in need in the UK today.  It is a tragedy that people, often through no fault of their own, find that their circumstances have changed and it can suddenly feel there is no support at all.  As the country goes through tough economic times, many people are struggling to cope with unexpected expenses and even everyday ones.  Acts 435 is bringing real hope for these situations”.

More information about Acts 435 is available at http://acts435.org.uk/

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