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Prince Charles attends Westminster Abbey service thanking Christian charity donors

by Sophie Drew

The Prince of Wales has attended a service of thanksgiving at Westminster Abbey as a Christian trust marks £100 million in charity donations. 

Ecclesiastical Insurance Group - recently renamed as The Benefact Group, an umbrella organisation under which the insurance company operates - has awarded the majority of the funding to churches and Christian charities. 

The service at Westminster Abbey included testimonies from a number of the awardees, including Sally Randall.

Sally started her charity, Abby's Heroes, following the death of her daughter. 

She told Premier Christian News: "My daughter was diagnosed with cancer and after three years of endless hospital appointments and chemotherapy, and lots of different things, she sadly died in May 2016. 

"We sat on that sofa for a good few months thinking 'how are we going to get through that?' and we started to reflect on the experiences and how it impacted the family. 

"We knew that we wanted to start a charity that really took care of people; put our arms around people. 

"So we look after bills, we will pay rent a mortgage, we will just do things like that. 

"That gives families the chance to concentrate on their child - they don't have to worry about the other things in life. 

"We mend boilers and fixed cars, and all those sort of practical things that still go wrong, even though your child is desperately ill in hospital. 

When asked how it felt to share her story with the future monarch, Sally replied: "Bonkers. Bonkers is how I'd describe it, because I'm just a mum from Southampton living in a very ordinary life until our 
lives were turned upside down and changed forever. 

"I never thought for one moment that I'd be stood in front of so many people and His Royal Highness. It's an honour and I feel very, very lucky."

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