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Haverhill charity could benefit from new church grants pot

REACH Ray Earls, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Ann Merrigan

REACH Ray Earls, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby and Ann Merrigan

 

Members of a Haverhill charity met the Archbishop of Canterbury recently and learnt about how they may benefit from a new grants pot.

Henry Wilson and fellow members of Reach, which includes the Foodbank and Furniture Bank in Haverhill, met Justin Welby at the launch of the Centenary Fund of the Church of England of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich to celebrate 100 years of the diocese.

The new grants pot will fund projects as it encourages churches to better serve the wider community.

“We had an opportunity to meet the Archbishop and outline Reach, what we do in the community and ways we have had an impact on people’s lives,” said Mr Wilson.

“He seemed to be a little surprised and found what is going on in the community a little overwhelming.

“I felt really honoured and privileged to be invited as there were a number of community groups at the launch so I was thrilled to be able to outline what we do.”

The funding pot is currently seeking donations but groups such as Reach will be able to apply for funding around the end of the year.

Rachael Mikulskis, development executive of fund managers Suffolk Community Foundation, said: “This is to continue developing projects which serve communities in partnership with charities and voluntary groups.”

Visit suffolkcf.org.uk/ for more details or to make a donation.

For all the latest news see tomorrow’s (Thursday, April 10) Echo.

 

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