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Church Providing Vital Food Bank Aid in Doncaster Faces Possibility of Closure Following Continuous Vandalism

St John’s Evangelist Church, located in the heart of Doncaster, is facing the possibility of closure as a result of a series of vandal attacks that have severely impacted their ability to provide vital foodbank services to the local community. 

The church, which has been a beacon of hope for those in need, has been repeatedly targeted by vandals, with the most recent incident involving the destruction of a 150-year-old stained glass window to gain unlawful entry.

In a recent social media post, Rev Derek Pamment shared the challenges faced by their church community.  He said: “After most of the food was stolen, we offered a very limited service and had to deal with tears from some truly desperate individuals.

“We are praying for the individuals who are breaking into the church.

“Not only are they breaking into a sacred space that has served the community for the last 175 years, they are creating increased costs and stealing food from some of the most needy in our community. Food which is given away four mornings a week.

“Despite this distressing series of break ins, our team of staff and volunteers have maintained the service and continue to serve an ever growing number of people.”

The vandalism has had a devastating effect on the church’s ability to continue its charitable work. The cost of repairs and replacements following each incident has become overwhelming, leaving the church struggling to maintain its operations. Rev Derek Pamment, the church’s leader, expressed his concerns about the situation in a social media post last month, even before the latest attack occurred.

Rev Pamment stated in his post, highlighting the impact of the previous break-ins on the church’s ability to serve the community. The foodbank, which relies heavily on donations from the congregation and local residents, has been instrumental in providing sustenance to vulnerable individuals and families who are facing food insecurity.

The local community has rallied behind St John’s Evangelist Church, expressing their shock and condemnation of the senseless acts of vandalism. Donations have poured in from concerned citizens, businesses, and neighboring churches to support the repairs and to ensure the continuation of the vital foodbank services.

Doncaster authorities have been made aware of the ongoing vandalism targeting the church and have promised to investigate the incidents thoroughly 

The closure of the church’s foodbank would have severe consequences for many individuals and families in Doncaster who rely on its services. It would not only result in a loss of access to essential food supplies but also undermine the sense of community and compassion that St John’s Evangelist Church has fostered over the years.

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