£6K raised in one weekend

In just one weekend Westminster parishioner John Scanlan, raised a staggering £6,000 for ‘Friends of the Holy Land’.


Over the weekend of the 8th and 9th December John spoke at all seven Masses held at Westminster Cathedral. His marathon speaking engagement began at 6pm Saturday, and then involved speaking at every one of the Cathedral’s Sunday Masses, starting at 8am and finishing at 7pm in the evening. During the weekend John shared FHL’s aims and objectives with over 1000 parishioners and visitors, relating his talk specifically to our work in Gaza and the urgent need to support and encourage young Christians living on the Strip.


John  spoke about the importance of prayer saying;

“I remember years ago being asked to pray for the fall of the Berlin wall. Despite the inadequacy of my prayers and my lack of belief that this could ever take place – it did! May I therefore ask all of you to continue your fervent prayers for Christians in the Holy Land? The suffering church is in urgent need of your intercession, which is as important as your financial generosity.”

FHL supported John in his endeavours by providing a number of newsletters, prayer cards and gift aid envelopes which were distributed at each Mass. The Kenilworth office are still receiving donations generated by the weekend’s activity but estimate that the total raised will be in excess of £6,000.

Peter Rand, FHL Trustee said,

“ On behalf of FHL I’d like to thank not only John, for undertaking this mammoth speaking engagement, but also to thank his small but dedicated team of helpers, the parishioners at Westminster Cathedral for their generosity, and  Canon Christopher Tuckwell for his assistance in making the weekend possible.”

Can you help FHL identify other similar speaking opportunities?

Please let us know if you can identify any similar speaking opportunities, we can either provide a speaker or assist any FHL supporter in making similar presentations. Please contact the office on 01926 512980 or email office@friendsoftheholyland.org.uk to discuss.