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Councillors and Church leaders go hungry to support a campaign against hunger

Date: 02 April 2014
ON FRIDAY 4 APRIL Cllr Zöe Franklin and Revd Kate Wyles from St John's Church, Stoke will be going without food as part of the End Hunger Fast campaign. They will be joined by councillors and church leaders from Guildford who want to support the cause.

The End Hunger Fast campaign is in response to the increasing number of foodbanks throughout the country, used by half a million people in the past year alone.

Earlier this year, 43 Christian leaders, including 27 Anglican Bishops, delivered a letter to Prime Minister David Cameron calling for an end to the food poverty.

The Revd Kate Wyles explained: “It's importantly for me as a Christian to stand up for the most vulnerable in our community. There are 10 million people living in poverty in Britain and a large proportion of those are actually working.

“That can't be right. We are fasting to highlight an issue that affects the areas of Guildford we work in.”

Bishop of Dorking, Ian Brackley added: “Although people always think of Surrey as prosperous, we do have significant areas around the county where there is significant hardship and need – witness the 17 foodbanks that already exist.

“Times are not easy for quite a number of people who live in the area around north Guildford, so I applaud this significant symbolic fast by Kate and the Councillors to draw attention to their plight.”

Explaining why she was taking part in the fast, Zöe said, “I find it appalling that in Britain in 2014 there are people having to rely on food banks to feed their families.

“Even here in affluent Guildford we're not immune - over 1,000 people have received food parcels from local food banks, charities and churches. Fasting is me adding my voice to the thousands nationwide to say things have to change.”

The fast will bring attention to the campaign’s call to government:

  • That the welfare system provides a robust last line of defence against hunger in Britain
  • That work pays enough for working people to properly provide for their families
  • That food markets function, promoting long term sustainable and healthy diets with no one profiteering off hunger in Britain

Zöe and Kate will be breaking their fast on April 4 at 7.30pm at the North Guildford Foodbank, Bellfield’s branch, New Hope Centre, with councillors, ministers and others.

They will be joined in the fast by:

  • Julia McShane (Borough Cllr Westborough)
  • Fiona White (County Cllr Guildford West)
  • Kate Whiting, Community Worker, New Life Baptist Church
  • Pastor Steve Crosse, Guildford New Hope Centre
  • Revd Graham Hoslett, United Reformed Church, Westborough
  • Revd Steve Pownell, St Claire’s Park Barn
  • Rev’d Mark Woodward, St John’s Stoke
  • Rev’d Kirsten Rosslyn-Smith, St Peter’s Shared Church, Bellfields

To contact Cllr Zöe Franklin and Revd Kate Wyles

Tel: 01483 503585 Email: katew@stjohnstoke.com

For more information on the campaign go to www.endhungerfast.co.uk

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