Church aims to offer winter warmth amid cost of living fears

Pudsey Parish Church.

A Pudsey church which opened its doors to help people keep cool during the summer heatwave is hoping to open them again – this time to help people keep warm in winter.

Pudsey Parish Church is preparing itself to become a sanctuary during the depths of winter as people struggle with the cost of living crisis and heating costs.

Posting on Facebook, the Reverend Richard Dimery said: “Pudsey Parish Church has always tried to be there for our community in time of both celebration and deepest need – whether that’s setting up Pudsey Community Project and Pudsey Foodbank to provide food for the most vulnerable, or a cool sanctuary in the heatwave.

“Now we are looking ahead to a difficult and scary winter and we want to let you know we are intending and hoping to open our doors as much as we can during the coldest weeks of the winter to provide a warm and safe environment for our community – a Warm Welcome space.

“As part of a nationwide move to provide this we hope the community will appreciate, support and contribute where they can – especially to costs of heating (the building is not cheap to heat but can get hundreds in!) and providing hot drinks.

“Please get in touch if you are an individual or business who could sponsor this initiative- and watch this space as we make plans for the winter.”

The church, on Church Lane, can be contacted here.


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