Pictured (from left to right): Dean Schofield, Mariano Galarza, Augustin Creevy, Paul Warwick, Bishop David, Leo Senatore.
The Bishop of Birmingham rolled up his sleeves with players from Worcester’s rugby team to prepare and serve a hot breakfast to a group of people who are vulnerable and often rough sleep across the City.
Bishop David Urquhart joined members of the Worcester Warriors who regularly cook a hot meal at SIFA Fireside, a charity based in Digbeth that runs a Drop-In service providing resettlement, medical and mental health support, employment training and holistic Recovery Services to overcome alcohol addiction.
The visit on Monday 7th April was part of the Bishop’s support of the End Hunger Fast which aims to raise awareness of food poverty and the issues surrounding welfare, low paid employment and rising food costs.
During Lent the Bishop is asking people to support SIFA Fireside which needs £10,000 a year to ensure it can provide breakfast to people who are homeless in Birmingham.
Bishop David said: “It is the everyday work of Christians to roll up our sleeves and work to tackle poverty and injustice. Loving our neighbour is not just a nice phrase but a call to action, prayer and giving. We are the seventh richest country in the world but this charity does not have the cash it needs to buy milk, toast and cereal for breakfast.”
Anna Pendlebury from SIFA Fireside said: “The Worcester Warriors have been a fantastic support to the people we work with and the hot breakfast they provide is much appreciated. Currently a donation means that we can continue with breakfasts but we need to raise regular giving of £10,000 a year to ensure this service can be continued.
During End Hunger Fast campaigners are hoping to encourage up to 1,000 people to pledge £10 a year to ensure homeless people can have breakfast at SIFA Fireside.
To join them in supporting the charity please visit http://www.justgiving.com/sifafireside/donate or text ‘SIFA 30 £10’ (or another amount) to 70070.