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Give it up for Lent to support local food bank

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Residents in a Tynedale community are being encouraged support their local food bank during the season of Lent.

Lent, which begins on March 2 nd , provides a time of self-examination and reflection in the build up to Easter, with many people traditionally 'giving something up for Lent', as a sign of sacrifice to test their discipline during the period.

This year, members of Acomb Methodist Church want to support West Northumberland Food Bank, based in Hexham, with a special scheme during Lent.

The village Lent appeal will see a red-coloured bin placed outside the chapel, with participants encouraged to collect one item per day which can be stored inside the bin for donation to the food bank. Suitable items will include canned and other non-perishable food, as well as non-food essentials such as toiletries.

Later, on Good Friday (April 15 th) at 7pm, a service will take place at the chapel to give thanks for all of the items which have been collected.

Rev Gareth Sherwood, Lead Minister for Methodist Churches at Hexham West End and Acomb, said: "This is something which the members of the Methodist Church at Acomb have discussed and we believe this has the potential to be a great initiative, providing much-needed food and other everyday essentials for people who really need it.

"The West Northumberland Food Bank at Hexham does an incredible job for the area and with the cost of living rising, there are people relying on it now more than ever before.

"I would encourage anyone who is able, to consider getting involved and supporting this very worthy village appeal.

"The items you give up don't have to be expensive. You don't even have to take part every day. Just give what you can afford, and collectively help us really make a difference."

For more information please contact Rev Gareth Sherwood via gareth.sherwood@methodist.org.uk

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