[Update 19:40h – There have now been several offers of help to install security systems at the chapel. We’ll let you know how it goes! Thank you Brett O’Reilly, SSH Fire & Security and icu-security.co.uk for your kind offers of help! :)
Pastor Merrick will be interviewed on RadioWM tomorrow at around 8.40am.]
A local church, home to the charity which runs a food bank in the Northfield district, has been burgled and vandalised.
The Old Chapel at Hollymoor is home to the Eternal Life Church, the organisation that has recently set up the successful Lifeline Food Bank. The food bank provides much needed assistance to families struggling to make ends meet in extreme situations. They recently provided food parcels for residents who were evacuated from a Cock a hill tower block for days, after water from a burst tank flooded electrics.
Local people stayed out til after 2.30am helping Pastor Stephen Merrick & wife Valma clear up the damage ready for this morning’s service.
Items stolen include a Toshiba 40″ TV, HP W/S Computer Monitor 18.5″ & Microphone.
As well as the thefts, damage to property will prove costly: leaded windows were broken, doors damaged and fire extinguishers let off.
The church has been burgled previously. Losses and damage prove very hard on the purse of a small but vital local charity which thrives mainly on the support of local partners, volunteers and members of the local community.
If you have any information regarding the thefts or vandalism, please call Longbridge Police on 101
Donations of food and essential items can be made to Lifeline food bank at the church, Visit Northfield shop, Northfield Ecocentre, South Birmingham Homeless Project, St Laurence’s Northfield, Frankley parish council, Hollymoor medical centre or Hair Junkie. Full list and details
If you can offer any other help, for example security, joinery etc, contact Pastor Merrick by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to support the church, join them for Sunday service at 10.30am