Over £1k worth of foodstuff was donated on the Cathedral steps today when Wakefield Cathedral launched its Giving Campaign for Pancake Day to help alleviate food poverty across the Wakefield District.
Children from St Mary’s Church School, Wakefield were the first to arrive with bags and bags of food. They exchanged their food for free pancakes and wrote prayers to hang on the prayer tree.
Pop up Cathedral was there offering free tea and coffee to anyone who wanted it. ANd during the day there was a steady stream of people who came to donate to the local foodbanks.
You can watch the day here:
During the day lots of people turned up with tins or bags of food or just stopped to find out more.
Free pancakes were served from 10 to 11.30pm and the Cathedral curate, the Revd Tim Stevens, pictured here showing off his pancake tossing skills, was serving free tea and coffee out of the back of the mobile Cathedral and the Canon Precentor the Revd Leah Vasey Saunders was around to talk to people about the campaign and help them with prayers.
Wakefield Cathedral launched its Giving Campaign to coincide with Pancake Day and the season of Lent, and asked that local people, schools, churches and local businesses join in and bring donations of food that will be distributed round some of the city’s local foodbanks.
By the end of the event, the food collected was loaded into the mobile pop up Cathedral to take to local foodbanks and a shopping trolley was left in the Cathedral for people to donate throughout Lent.
You can watch a short film of the day here: