The Bishop’s Refugee Fund covering Norfolk and Waveney, has received nearly £36,000 in the past fortnight, to help the arriving and expected new refugees from Afghanistan.
The Diocese of Norwich is administering the fund at the request of Norfolk County Council.
The council are co-ordinating the many provisions of practical support from the local community that have been offered.
Andrew Proctor, leader of the council said: “We’ve all been humbled by the response of our Norfolk residents to the events in Afghanistan.
“No one chooses to be a refugee and many Afghans have been forced to leave their homes with little to no personal belongings, let alone the means to find new homes in a foreign country.
“The work of all the people involved here in Norfolk, from the diocese and private landlords to the donations of clothing and furniture by individuals, shows the warm welcome we’re all ready to give those fleeing such harrowing circumstances, and I want to thank everyone for the kindness and compassion they’ve shown over recent weeks.”
Tim Sweeting, the new diocesan secretary, said: “I’m so pleased that our staff team is able to provide this secure way of giving via our website and to work with Norfolk County Council to ensure these funds will be used effectively for those who need them most.
“Many of our church communities are promoting the fund and are assisting in practical ways too.”
You can continue to donate to the Bishop’s Refugee Fund at: dofn.org/refugee-fund
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