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Kent church group haul in £140k for Christian charity ROPE

A small group of dedicated volunteers at a Kent church have raised a whopping £140,000 for a Christian development charity in the last seven years ...

A small group of dedicated volunteers at a Kent church have raised a whopping £140,000 for charity. And you could say it's money for (old) ROPE.

Eight members of West Malling Baptist Church have generated the cash for Christian development organisation ROPE through a series of fundraising events and appeals during the last seven years.

Their efforts have so far helped disabled children in South Africa, low-income families in Pakistan, provided educational training for prostitutes in the Democratic Republic of Congo and assisted alcoholics in Bolivia.

The group’s co-ordinator John Gledhill said the team has more than achieved its target each year.

John, a retired police officer, said: “In 2012 we set out to raise £16,000 but we raised almost £50,000. It’s been like that most years. We do what we can do and then God sends the money in. It’s quite a lot of money but we don’t really think about it, we just get on with doing our fundraising and see what comes in.

“Recently an old lady from our church said she had a gift for us and she gave £15,000 much to everyone’s surprise. The generosity of people always amazes me.”

The group has held quiz nights, sponsored fitness challenges and they visit other churches sharing about Rope.

John added: “We had a couple in the church who were celebrating their diamond wedding anniversary but they said that they didn’t want gifts but for money to go to Rope. In the end they raised £450. It’s little things like that where we have seen the money come in.

“I’m retired from the police but still go in and run training courses. Someone gave me a pink bag and made me go into work with it. I got some stick but raised £60 so it was worth it!

“It’s faith at its best – helping those in need and showing people who give directly where their money has gone.”                   

For more information, visit www.rope.org.uk

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