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Archbishop of York Thanks Charities and Volunteers


5:14pm 3rd June 2014

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, today welcomed representatives from a variety of charities and community organisations to Bishopthorpe Palace to say thank you for the great contribution they make to local and national life.

The Archbishop’s role as Patron reflects the wide range of interests he has in areas such as education, justice, democracy, law and order, health and well-being, and sport.

The Charities and Community Organisations gathering is an annual event.  It provides an opportunity for representatives to network and for the Archbishop to praise achievements and to find out more on a one-to-one basis directly with the individuals. 

The Archbishop of York said: “We should not forget that behind many of our wonderful organisations there are often volunteers working tirelessly behind the scenes who do not get the recognition they deserve. My message to them is to keep going for God and serving others in all you do!

It is fantastic that local, national and international charities are represented here today.  Each has a range of challenges ahead of them. It’s been inspiring to find out how they have been responding to funding challenges and doing more with less, how they have bridged the gap by thinking differently and respecting the need for good governance. 

The Church has been doing the “Big Society” for over 2000 years – when we put the needs of others first, we can all flourish.”

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