Over a month ago now the Covid19 India Appeal was launched. The aim was to raise £30,000 to enable two hospitals in the Khasi Hills in North East India, namely Dr H. Gordon Roberts Hospital in Shillong, and Norman Tunnel Hospital in Jowai, to purchase equipment to treat the large numbers of patients suffering from the infection.
It is a pleasure to inform you that as a Connexion we have long passed that financial goal, and that we have raised over £60,000 towards the work of the hospitals. The equipment needed has arrived and is of great help to staff and patients. It is my privilege to thank you all for your generosity, and to do so knowing that our friends at both hospitals have appreciated our concern and practical support. We will continue with our discussions with them to ensure the best use of the remaining money for the thousands who benefit annually from the service at these hospitals.
The response to the Appeal has been remarkable, and I would especially like to thank the Reverend Marcus Wyn Robinson, Moderator of the General Assembly, the Reverend Meirion Morris, the General Secretary of the denomination, the Reverend Nan Wyn Powell-Davies, Assistant Director of the Ministries Department, and to the staff at the Cardiff Office for their willing co-operation and consistent labour in ensuring the success of the Appeal. Gwynn Angell Jones’ contribution has also been instrumental in his close links with the hospitals, ensuring that the appropriate equipment arrives safely and in good time. But the biggest thank you is to everyone who embraced the Appeal and contributed so generously. Thank you so much to you all.
Our hope is to see the prevention of the spread of the infection in India, and we as a Church will continue to pray for the situation there.
It is now time to officially close the Appeal. I know that some churches have not yet been able to send in their contributions, and we will certainly continue to receive your donations gratefully. Thank you all very much once again.