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Archbishop Preaches at Bradford Cathedral Celebrating Church Urban Fund's 25 Year Anniversary

Friday 18th May 2012

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu, is to preach this Saturday (19th May) at a celebration service praising the significant contribution of Church Urban Fund to social action in the North of England.

Church Urban Fund, a Church of England charity working to tackle poverty in England, is celebrating 25 years of its work at a special service at Bradford Cathedral at 3pm.

The Archbishop said: “The Church Urban Fund’s Vision is to respond to the problem of poverty by offering time, money, action and prayer.  I believe that it is at the local level that churches can have the best and the most long-term effect on tackling poverty. This has often been built up over decades of Christian witness and active support to people in the local community, particularly the lonely and the vulnerable. On reaching their 25th anniversary, my message is keep up the good work."

Paul Hackwood, the Chair of Trustees at Church Urban Fund said: “For Church Urban Fund, our anniversary presents an opportunity to look forward to what we will achieve in the future in order to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in society.

“In partnership with dioceses throughout England, we are creating networks to reinforce the efforts of those working in deprived areas, by improving their access to resources, in the form of money, information and expertise.”

The Archbishop will be joined by the Bishop of Bradford, Nick Baines,  Church Urban Fund Trustee Denise Poole, and project workers from many local groups including ‘The Anchor’ working with young children, their parents and the elderly, ‘Inn Churches’ working with the homeless, ‘@thebusstop Youth’ project, and the ‘Centre for Conflict Resolution’.

The event on Saturday 19 May 2012 begins with a reception at 2pm at Kala Sangham, opposite Bradford Cathedral, where information on 25 local projects will be displayed.  The service in Bradford Cathedral will begin at 3pm. This Thanksgiving Service event is one of two national events marking Church Urban Funds’ work – the second event will take place at St Paul’s Cathedral on Monday 18 June 2012. 

About Church Urban Fund

Church Urban Fund is about Christians tackling poverty together to transform the lives of the poorest and most marginalised in England. It was established in 1987. Church Urban Fund works with over 300 community projects. These projects offer debt counselling, family support, children’s after-school and breakfast clubs, parenting advice, addiction advice and residential treatment, mental health support, food banks, help with re-housing, advocacy, befriending and mentoring with young people, job clubs and skills training, community development and support for elderly or disabled people.


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