"Summer of Hope event came at just the right moment for us as a community" says the Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark

The Dean of Southwark, The Very Reverend Andrew Nunn, expressed his gratitude to Mothers’ Union this week for hosting its “Summer of Hope” event in the cathedral churchyard recently. “We were grateful to be drawn into this celebration of the hope we have in Christ, which will not disappoint,” he said. 

He continued, “The Summer of Hope event at Southwark Cathedral came at just the right moment for us as a community. In the face of so many things that we and many other people faced and are facing this year, the Christian message of hope is a vital one. The members of Mothers’ Union around the world are a sign of hope to families and communities, to the church and to society.”

“Summer of Hope” is Mothers’ Union’s summer appeal aiming to raise £125,000 for community projects in the UK and abroad. Mothers’ Union is encouraging members to host their very own barbecues, tea parties, cake and plant sales fêtes, raffles, face painting and bouncy castles during the summer to help raise money for the appeal. No event is too large or too small.

Mothers’ Union’s Worldwide President, Lynne Tembey, described what a privilege it was to be part of the event at Southwark, “It was great to see information and stories around the grounds. Stories of those who will benefit through our appeal. The event had a happy family feel,” she said. 

She extended her thanks to Southwark Cathedral staff “who were very supportive, making us so very welcome. They also seemed to enjoy the cakes produced by Mothers’ Union staff!”

Lynne described what a pleasure it was to see Diocesan President of Southwark, Cynthia Smith and Margaret Blazey, Diocesan President of London, members from neighbouring dioceses, including St Albans, Southwark, London and Rochester attend as well as tourists and visitors. “It was very special for me to have the opportunity to spend time talking with fellow members in a happy, relaxing atmosphere. I would like to extend my deep gratitude to everyone who visited and supported the event,” she said. 

She is calling on members to do what they can to support the appeal, “Wouldn’t it be amazing, if, at the end of the summer, we could have enjoyed time with friends, fellow members or those who know little about our work and mission. Please consider hosting an event, if you haven’t already. It isn’t too late. I can truly say that you will enjoy the fellowship and sharing.”

Mothers’ Union has provided a resource packed full of ideas, information and templates for invites, posters and case studies to help people organise their event - Click here.

For more information contact fundraising@mothersunion.org or call 020 7222 5533 ext 237