Bishop of Portsmouth's lent appeal raises awareness of trafficking

Each year, the Bishop of Portsmouth organises a Lent Appeal to help one local and one global good cause. Worshippers from the diocese donate money and hold fundraising events to support those charities.

The Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2017 raised money to help survivors of sex trafficking across the world, as well as local victims of domestic abuse. The appeal was called 'From Slavery to Freedom'.

We take our many freedoms for granted; but for far too many human trafficking has turned their lives into a living hell where their work or their bodies are exploited for others’ gain. As we focus on this issue of Human trafficking, we will focus also on local charities in the diocese that are preventing and responding to the mistreatment of women and girls. I was fortunate to grow up in a home free from domestic violence. This is sadly not the case for too many in our communities. This year, we stand in solidarity with all who live under the cloud of domestic abuse.
— Bishop Christopher

The money is still coming in, and the final amount will be presented to the beneficiaries by Bishop Christopher at a special service in Portsmouth Cathedral on Sunday 19th November.