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Archbishop of York's charity marks £1m given to those in need

by Eno Adeogun

Acts 435 - a self-sustaining charity funded in entirely by Gift Aid, guarantees that 100 per cent of donor funds go directly to the people in need.

Executive director Jenny Herrera expressed his gratitude to people who had donated to the cause and said: "This is person-to-person giving where every donation matters. Whether £5 or £50, this is making a big difference in people's lives.

"Help us to help others."

The site shares numerous stories of people who have benefited from the scheme. A family in Suffolk who were homeless and placed in temporary accommodation with their baby twins had no facility for storing or heating baby food. Acts 435 stepped in with a £75 grant for a mini fridge and a £55 grant for a microwave.

The charity - whose name is based on the biblical scripture Acts 4:35 which says "And laid them down at the apostles' feet: and distribution was made unto every man according as he had need" - puts people wanting to give in touch with people who are in need.


Once a local church or charity advocate meets with individuals to ascertain their need, they will post their requests on the website, allowing those wanting to give to raise money for the items.

Dr John Sentamu said: "It is a very simple idea but a very exciting one. I am proud that the Church is taking practical steps to help those facing practical difficulties."

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