Army appeal to offer aid in troubled times

A WETHERBY minister says the Salvation Army is playing an increasing role in helping to resolve life’s problems.

Major Andrew Vertigan said the Christian organisation is helping people cope with issues such as poverty and job loss.

“This has been a particularly hard year for many people,” said Major Vertigan, speaking during the movement’s Mending Broken Lives fundraising campaign.

“The Salvation Army has supported those who have lost their job and don’t know where to turn to next, those who have lost their home and ended up on the street, those who are older and desperately lonely, and those fragile families and individuals who are struggling to get by in real poverty and can’t afford the basics like food for the table.”

The Mending Broken Lives campaign will see volunteers collecting in the area to support a variety of schemes to highlight the support available at the 800 Salvatioin Army centres across the UK and Ireland.

Funds raised will go towards supporting men, women and families who are homeless; running care homes and day care centres for older people; reuniting long lost families through the Family Tracing Service; supporting the Armed Forces and their families on military bases; and providing a place of safety for victims of domestic violence and human trafficing, and emergency aid to adults, families, children, young people and those who may otherwise be excluded and forgotten by society.

“This is why the role of the Salvation Army is more important than ever,” added Major Vertigan.

”With cuts to the public funding we receive, your donation to our annual appeal is vital to ensure we can continue our work in mending broken lives.’

All collectors will be carrying a permit, which can be produced on request.

Donations can also be made to www.salvationarmy.org.uk/annualappeal