PRESS RELEASE: Active in Scotland
Posted on March 8th, 2013 at 8:42AM
Text of Press Release as follows:
Acts435 Gives Fast Financial Help for Struggling Families in Scotland
The Christian online giving charity, www.acts435.org.uk, has just started helping families in Scotland as well as England.
The first participating Church in Scotland, Whiteinch Church in Glasgow, yesterday posted their first request on the website. The request was for £50 for an electric cooker for an individual who had secured accommodation after some time being homeless.
Within hours of the advocate posting the request, £40 had already been raised. Acts 435 is offering fast financial help to those struggling in the UK at a time when other options are disappearing.
Acts 435 was launched in England in July 2010 and was registered with the Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator in August 2011.
Whiteinch Church of Scotland, Glasgow, has recently launched a Christians Against Poverty debt centre in partnership with other churches as well as a Food Bank. 81% of people in Whiteinch are dependent on benefits or child tax credit and double the average children in the area receive free school meals. Whiteinch Church was keen to get involved with Acts 435 to complement the other work they are doing to help those struggling financially in their area.
Acts 435 Advocate James Renwick who is also the Christians Against Poverty Centre Manager, said: “I love what Acts 435 is about. It’s such a great idea”.
Margaret Sentamu, Chair of the Trustees said: “It is great news that Acts 435 is now serving people in Scotland as well as England. I hope that many more churches will want to join us in bringing real help to those in need. It is important that we show Christian love through practical actions.”