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Monday 10 March 2014

Lenten Lunch galvanises support for BPCA in Ascot.

Father Darrell Hannah and Wilson Chowdhry Chairman of the BPCA at our invitee only stall.

The BPCA was hosted at the first first Lent Lunch of the year, held by the Parish of Ascot on Saturday 8th March 2014.  These important gatherings see invited charities given an opportunity to share their work with parishioners at the two churches within the Parish.  The annual event which covers the Lent period is held at the King Edward's Hall, North Ascot form 12pm - 2pm.  The invite was received by Father Darrell Hannah, who has expressed his support for Pakistani Christians and who has continued to remember our community in prayers and campaigning.

BPCA held a stall and we handed out free copies of our "Imagine" booklet which describes the torrid situation faced by Pakistani Christians.  Our stall also included a slide show and information on Asia Bibi and the recent bomb attack on Peshawar.  Over 50 parishioners attended the event all of whom received our information with great interest.

It is hoped that we will have raised between £250 - £350 at the event which we have earmarked for aid to victims of the Peshawar Bomb Attacks.  We have also become one of the Parish's regularly supported groups and will receive a further £400 every year.

Wilson Chowdhry said;

"Meeting the Parishioners of North Ascot was a genuine pleasure, many of them were well-informed on the ongoing persecution faced by the Church in Pakistan, which makes them quite unique.  It was heart-warming to be received so graciously by a church with a passion for justice and peace for all."  

He added;  

"The love and support received by Father Darrell and his Parish gives fresh hope and vigour to the campaign for freedom and justice in Pakistan.  There constant prayers and campaigning help to bolster the work of groups such as the BPCA and others."

Our Thanks to Veronica Gill a Trustee of Help for Pakistani Christians for her help and support with our stall.

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